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Bulkhead rust, MOT...??

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My bulkhead has rusted above the fresh air vents, would this be a mot fail...??

My little Brother seems to think the bulkhead is also the fire wall so it must be complete...

Where as I argue the rust is above the engine bay, so I'm right cos I'm older than he is... and also haven't I found the time to replace the bulkhead as I had planned to long before it's next mot... 2x weeks and counting.... doh!

If he is correct... and I'll never hear the last of it....! does it have to be a metal repair or can it just be P38 as I will be replacing it in the near future...?



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If the rust is within 30cm of the windscreen hinge or door hinge, then it should fail. Otherwise it would fail on sharp metal only. A fail due to corrosion HAS to be welded to maintain structural strength of the vehicle, so if you use filler, the tester will fail it again. A fail on sharp metal can pass if you fill it or just put tape over it - the tester must be able to pass his hand over the hole without feeling any sharpness.


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