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Rear wheels off for undersealing arches today and under the plastic sill cover which was full of dirt, I discovered some rot. The lower sill is rock solid and so is the metal surrounding the hole but is this classed as structural for MOT or can I just underseal? 

 

N/S is solid which is usually the worst side.

 

Anyone else had this issue?

 

 

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If you can’t see it you can’t test it, you’re not allowed to remove any trim or under trays to look, so if you can’t see it with the bottom arch guard up you’ll be fine 

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7 minutes ago, Azurez33 said:

And for accuracy 12” from suspension component  or suspension mounting and seat/ seatbelt mounting points etc 

You can just see the top of it with the guard fitted. Would where the kidney brace is bolted be taken into account for the 12 inch rule as that is the closest load bearing support I think? or is it literally jacking points, seat belt anchors, suspension etc? Are the insides of wheel arches load bearing?Screenshot_20210324-182146_Gallery.jpg.bcb139b11cc8cf2db38e647da878dd00.jpg

 

 

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I have rust treated for now and will try get it sorted in the months ahead. It's a shame as rest of car is solid but looks like nobody has ever cleared the muc from under those sill covers.

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That’s the problem mate, I’ve just welded one of my arches for minute issue, but always take the covers off and clean down there as that’s the real issue with it, it’s 12” from any suspension component or mounting point as it reduces structural integrity if in a crash, so yes if you can see it need to get it sorted and make sure it’s done properly 

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10 hours ago, vroom811 said:

I'd advise taking the side skirt off too as there can be rust hiding under there too.  Here's what mine looked like...IMG_3444.JPG.27a8963574cfb0c76d030ed733450a58.JPG

 

Wow, and the offside again. What was the NS like? Was there much muck behind the skirts ?

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No holes in sill and metal seems solid so will give it a wire brush and put the rust killer on before undersealing. Is it worth getting the tatty edges sorted or is it likely to cost a lot ? As you can't see the lip when skirt fitted would rust treating and protecting be OK long term?

 

 

 

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On 27/03/2021 at 18:55, checkle91 said:

No holes in sill and metal seems solid so will give it a wire brush and put the rust killer on before undersealing. Is it worth getting the tatty edges sorted or is it likely to cost a lot ? As you can't see the lip when skirt fitted would rust treating and protecting be OK long term?

 

 

 

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Had the hole patched up and undersealed. All rust around sill treated and she is as good as new! All for a grand total of... £90 

 

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