MOT Time

Discussion in 'Clio 197 Area' started by Pedro197, Oct 6, 2018.

  1. Pedro197

    Pedro197

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    3
    Location:
    London
    Car:
    Renault Clio 197
    Hey guys,

    So went to get the Clio 197 assessed so I could get an idea what im up for on the MOT and this is what I got back :-(

    Rear Discs x 2
    Rear Pads x 2
    Front Inner Track Rod x 2
    Front Lower Ball Joints x 2
    Suspension Arm x 2
    Outer Track Rod

    Parts and Labour = £883

    At this stage I nearly fell off my seat :chair:

    Anyone have any suggestions from experience where I can order these parts from, I would rather attempt to change the parts myself and take it in for the MOT when I'm ready ;-)

    Im based in London, so if you know any good reliable (affordable) mechanics that could do this, please give me a shout.

    Pedro
    197 (07)
     

  2. GazMav

    GazMav Paid Member

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    Car:
    197
    Sounds like a quick fit/Halfords MOT?
    Anything picked up on the last MOT as advisories?
    TBH, the price doesn't seem too bad if the works actually required.

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  3. Pedro197

    Pedro197

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    3
    Location:
    London
    Car:
    Renault Clio 197
    I haven't thought about Halfords TBH. Might give them a bell and see what they say.

    Yep a few advisories, one light was discoloured, nothing part of the list I provided previously.
     
  4. GazMav

    GazMav Paid Member

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    Car:
    197
    Sorry I meant that with a typical tyre/exhaust place they tend to be strict in items they like to replace, aka they make it up.
    I wouldn't use Halfords.
    If you are doing the bits yourself then:
    Eurocarparts
    GSF Car parts
    Andrew Page
    Car parts for less (same as euro but sometimes cheaper)

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  5. Jimmy

    Jimmy Good cop Administrator

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    Location:
    Leeds, W Yorks
    Hi Pedro, welcome to the forum.

    Sorry to hear you had a bit of a shock when you got the list back. As above, a pre check is not an MOT test and they could well just be touting for business. Use it as a guide so you have some idea of what MIGHT come up on the actual test.

    With regards parts, MTEC are a good alternative for brake discs - reasonably priced, decent quality and I had no issues with them when I had them on my 197. https://www.mtecbrakes.com/index.php

    As for the ball joints - an RS specialist is your best bet for this work - a 'regular' garage will often supply the whole assembly therefore making it a lot more expensive, however this is not strictly necessary. A specialist should be cheaper, as they only change the parts that are required. This is not the easiest job to do.

    As for the other steering/suspension parts, they are common bits to wear and need to be replaced over time.

    Good luck with it all, let us know how you get on and please ask if you need any more help or advice.
     
  6. Dumdum

    Dumdum Gold Member

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    Location:
    near mansfield, notts
    Car:
    Renault Clio RS200 CUP/fiat ducato campervan
    I’d be very cautious about an mot pre test, the items they have listed may be advises, and if you’ve just bought the car it maybe that the rear discs just need use and that will clean them up a bit, did they say what was actually up with each of the individual items? Or just give you a potential bill of what maybget picked up?

    Also if you feel okay in the rack ends it can also be misconstrued as bottom ball joints? Are the wishbone bushes perished? Not a fail...

    Sounds like you have a worst case list and not definitely fails for the most part, I’d take it for an actual MOT and get a factual list
     
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  7. HyperSquiZ

    HyperSquiZ Paid Member

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    Car:
    Clio 197
    I would recommend getting TwoTechs to do the work. I've had them do a few things on my 197 lately and have always found their prices to be really good. Being a Specialist they know the cars really well and get the job done quick (saves on labour costs).

    Also for rear discs and pads, k-tec have an offer on genuine drilled with pads (select the 30mm options)
    http://www.k-tecracing.com/show_product.asp?id=4903&appid=3
     
  8. Pedro197

    Pedro197

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    3
    Location:
    London
    Car:
    Renault Clio 197
    Thank you to all who provided some advice and suggestions. Will give some of these places a buzz on Monday morning to find out prices and so on.

    Has anyone tried changing the rear discs on the 197's, if so what sort of degree of difficulty would these be on a 1 - 10 scale?

    I've done pads before but never attempted to change discs, I know these have a built in bearing as well so I'm hoping this does not add to the level of difficulty.

    Pedro
     
  9. Dumdum

    Dumdum Gold Member

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    Location:
    near mansfield, notts
    Car:
    Renault Clio RS200 CUP/fiat ducato campervan
    It’s simple, remove caliper and carrier, unbolt old disc assembly, slide on new, torque to 175nm and reassemble, you need a decent torque wrench but other than that nowt hard about doing rear discs
     
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  10. LOCKE

    LOCKE Paid Member

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    2,509
    Location:
    Glasgow
    Car:
    RB 182 Cup/LY 197 R27
    Ball joints will come with the arms, you will need a special tool for inner track rods. All work easy enough to do with the right tools and knowledge. As said above rear discs are very easy. I get my OEM parts from @renaultpartsdirect Brembo stuff you will get at ECP.
     
  11. petercronin

    petercronin Paid Member

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    Location:
    North East England
    Car:
    LY FF Clio 200 with Cup Pack
    If you’ve done the pads without any issue the rear discs shouldn’t be a problem for you. I think the discs the easier one of the two to do. As mentioned just get yourself a big ish torque wrench.

    There’s a how to guide if you want to have a look for it.
     

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