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Is it part of the NCT inspection, to open the car boot ?

  • 14-11-2021 9:28am
    Registered Users Posts: 420 ✭✭ duefrine

    Nob question above, have a car due the NCT. I had to disconnect the boot, due to issues with the electrics, so the boot is locked shut...

    For all the years getting cars NCT'ed can't remember do they open the boot to inspect inside ?


  • Registered Users Posts: 420 ✭✭ duefrine

    Thanks for the reply. Have to get it sorted so..

  • Registered Users Posts: 21,328 ✭✭✭✭ Esel

    Not for a number of years, afaik. If the battery is in the boot they will want to check the mounting obviously.

    Not your ornery onager

  • Registered Users Posts: 7,379 ✭✭✭ Gregor Samsa

    Here's the NCT's latest manual for passenger vehicles. It has all the details of what's tested.

    In section 6.2 (Cab and Bodywork), one of the checks is:

    Check that the bonnet and boot lid catches are operating properly. In the case of front opening bonnets, ensure that the safety catch is fitted and operating properly.

    The boot lid is also inspected for corrosion. The manual says

    * Areas within 100 mm of hinges and locks (e.g. boot lid, bonnet and doors), are considered primary structures and must be free of advanced and extensive corrosion.

    They'll have to open the boot to inspect the hinges and the 100mm area around them.

    Spare tyres are not tested. In the Tyre section of the manual is says:

    (This inspection applies to all tyres fitted to the vehicle apart from spare tyres).

    (Obviously if you've put your spare wheel on the car it's no longer a "spare" tyre and it gets tested as a road tyre. But any tyres in the boot, under the car or mounted on boot door won't be tested.)

  • Registered Users Posts: 1,103 ✭✭✭ corglass

    "In the case of front opening bonnets, ensure that the safety catch is fitted and operating properly."

    This is interesting as there's no obvious safety catches in Tesla frunks, which I've no issue with. A safety catch seems unnecessary considering so many other car parts are single point of failures and Tesla can software lock to prevent accidental openings when driving etc

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  • Registered Users Posts: 7,379 ✭✭✭ Gregor Samsa

    I don't have a Tesla, and have never even been in one, but according to the interwebs, there is a secondary latch built into the frunk lock mechanism - it's just that it's not a manual latch like on a traditional bonnet. Maybe that's enough to satisfy the requirement? Not sure how it would be tested, though.

    This Belgian's frunk spontaneously opened at 120km on the motorway, smashing the windscreen. According to him, Tesla investigated the incident:

    They took 3 weeks to read the computer records and ultimately notified me that an emergency sensor in the front trunk was broken and that it had spontaneously opened the trunk. Furthermore a second safety hatch should have prevented this from being possible but they think this was misaligned.