Suspension gone bang crunch

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Suspension gone bang crunch

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Well that's a pain in the bumpstops..... exactly 93 yards from home, just coming back from a run to Ikea (I know, hell on earth :roll: ) and the front end goes bang and then makes a bit of a nasty noise. I thought it'd be a spring as the car still moved well enough, it just made a noise over every bump and every steering turn.
I've just had the wheel off and sure enough, snapped spring and looks to be a bit wedged :? Book time is under 2 hours and doesn't look like too much grief, though I'm not looking forward to the hub nut - 345Nm..... I presume doing it up to FT will suffice ? :) Eurocraparts have allegedly got Sachs springs for not much over £20 - any thoughts on Sachs springs ? Good, bad, or indifferent ? I'm hoping the top bearing is still in good condition - the car is at 75k and coming up to 7 years old so it should be OK 8-[
Anyone know if this is a common failure ? I know the general condition of the roads are responsible for a lot of suspension damage, but do the metal springed C5 X7 suffer more than most ?

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Hope you get this sorted without too much pain.

It's kind of reassuring to know that good ol' steel springs are still capable of misbehaving, even when employed by Citroen.

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Broken springs seem to be more and more common these days...

Never seemed to happen years ago...

Hope all soon fixed Bobins... Just get a big breaker on the hub nut and it'll be ok...

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Re: Suspension gone bang crunch

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See if you can borrow Jims' breaker bar, it is somewhat longer than standard!

First, calculate what 345Nm is in lb/ft. Then it is possible to work out a reasonable accurate torque using a long breaker bar, a set of scales, a tape measure, some sticking tape, and your own weight. I can explain if you want.

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James - I think you missed out the sticky backed plastic and the toilet roll tube from your list :-D I think I've got your 'how to calculate' bookmarked somewhere as I thought previously it might come in useful :)
I'm regretting giving my 1" air impact gun away to my mate now - I reckon that might have done the undoing for me :lol: My torque wrench does go up to 340Nm - unfortunately, I don't think I do :-D

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No, no - the sticky tape is for patching up the nasty scuff on your knee/knuckle when you fall off the end of the breaker bar. :cry:

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white exec wrote:No, no - the sticky tape is for patching up the nasty scuff on your knee/knuckle when you fall off the end of the breaker bar. :cry:
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