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Would a leaking rear suspension on a car fail an MOT? Right

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Would a leaking rear suspension on a car fail an MOT?
Right side - there is fluid on the spring and running down the shock absorber
Left side - the rod going inside the shock absorber is covered in fluid
Submitted: 2 years ago.
Category: Car
Expert:  Ross replied 2 years ago.
Ross :

Hello and thanks for trusting me to help you today. I am a licensed diagnostic and repair technician, I look forward to working with you.

Customer:

hi

Ross :

If there is an obvious oil leak from a shock absorber it would be an MOT Failure, If it is damp but not wet, it could be an advisory item.

Customer:

i think i can send a pic on the chat one moment

Ross :

Ok, that would be great.

Customer:

leak on rod
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Customer:

bigger leak
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Customer:

thats both of em

Ross :

Yes that will definitely be an MOT Failure.

Customer:

thanks for the advice

Ross :

No problem. I can provide a copy of the official MOT manual wording regrading shock absorbers if that would be of any help.

Customer:

that would be great, is there a weblink for it too?

Ross :

Yes, this is the full manual. http://www.motinfo.gov.uk/htdocs/m4i00000001.htm

Ross :

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I have highlighted the specific section regarding fluid loss of a shock absorber.

Customer:

thank you that is very helpful

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