Citroen C5 Spring broken

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EJAP
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Citroen C5 Spring broken

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Hi. Sorry but I have a few questions.

Citroën C5 2008 Saloon2.0 HDI Saloon1997ccm 136HP 100KW (Diesel). Spring and shock suspension.

Yesterday a spring snapped on my C5 and after watching an incredibly helpful video I feel its well within my (reasonably) competent mechanical skills. I do own a manual spring compressor.

So first question. Can someone please provide me with all the torque settings for all the relevant nuts and bolts including the driveshaft to hub nut? Or point me in the right direction?

Second question. As I'm taking the springs out and the car had done 103K I'm thinking of replacing shock absorbers as well. Do shocks come with the top bearing and rubber boot? Or are these extra things I should buy? As the suppliers aren't clear.

Third and final question. I can find all the parts online but there seems to be a massive difference in price. buycarparts.co.uk (German company) are offering springs from just over £20. And shock absorbers from Riddex for £12.23 each and Monroe for just over £41.09. eurocarspares.com sell a KYB shock for £139. Is a Riddex shock any good? They state it replaces OEM number 5208-48 and 5208-95.

Thanks in advanced to you all. :-)

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Re: Citroen C5 Spring broken

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I don't have a steel sprung C5 but when the strut failed on mine, I found this video helpful:
EDC5 wrote:
15 Oct 2017, 22:26
Okay, part ordered, should be here in time for the weekend.

As well as the instructions kindly provided by Bobins I've seen this video:



No detail on the hydraulic aspect but it doesn't look too bad overall. I'm assuming the strap is there to stop the driveshaft coming out too far from the gearbox.
It shows some torque values when reassembling.

I'm not sure when it comes to spares to be honest, the difference in pricing can be huge for essentially the same thing.

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Re: Citroen C5 Spring broken

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Thank you for that. I just found that video myself not 10 minutes ago. Brilliant.

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Re: Citroen C5 Spring broken

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EJAP wrote:
15 Jun 2020, 12:11
Hi. Sorry but I have a few questions.

Citroën C5 2008 Saloon2.0 HDI Saloon1997ccm 136HP 100KW (Diesel). Spring and shock suspension.

Yesterday a spring snapped on my C5 and after watching an incredibly helpful video I feel its well within my (reasonably) competent mechanical skills. I do own a manual spring compressor.

So first question. Can someone please provide me with all the torque settings for all the relevant nuts and bolts including the driveshaft to hub nut? Or point me in the right direction?

Second question. As I'm taking the springs out and the car had done 103K I'm thinking of replacing shock absorbers as well. Do shocks come with the top bearing and rubber boot? Or are these extra things I should buy? As the suppliers aren't clear.

Third and final question. I can find all the parts online but there seems to be a massive difference in price. buycarparts.co.uk (German company) are offering springs from just over £20. And shock absorbers from Riddex for £12.23 each and Monroe for just over £41.09. eurocarspares.com sell a KYB shock for £139. Is a Riddex shock any good? They state it replaces OEM number 5208-48 and 5208-95.

Thanks in advanced to you all. :-)
I don't know the torque settings, but I generally pull nut & bolts up tight then a quarter turn. It works for most things.

However, springs are a hard job to do if you've never done one before. There are some short cuts in certain cases, but I would be extremely careful because the pressure these things exert can be fatal if handled wrong.

You may want to chum a local mechanic/garage and ask if you could pop along and observe how they do it just so you can see the job at hand with your own eyes because video's can be misleading.

On saying that, if you are mechanically minded and have tackled some jobs like brakes and exhausts, you'll get a feel for how frustrating it can get when stuff is rusted up & seized :hb:

And it push comes to shove, remove the strut assembly and take it to the garage and ask them to change the spring in their lunchbreak for £20. It can be cheaper some days to admit defeat than end up with a spring launch itself into space and hear a screech of brakes followed by a loud crash :lol:

Anyway, good luck with the job, take pictures as you go and if you forget how something goes back together, you have a trail to follow 8-)