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There is a crack in my suspension

Discussion in 'Motors' started by loopylou, 27 Feb 2006.

  1. loopylou

    Wise Guy

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    Location: Essex

    My car has just been in to have a oil leak fixed and a new cam belt, while it was up in the air they noticed that there was a crack in the suspension spring (I had noticed a clunking noise and asked them to check it out). They getting the part in tomorrow for it. £100 inc labour, the car is a pug 306.

    Now how safe will it be for me to do a 22 mile round trip home from work tonight and back to the garage tomorrow morning? They said that it had made a loud clunk when they lowered it to the ground so it most likely will be worse than it was this morning. Should I just leave it in the work car park tonight and get public transport.
     
  2. Scarfacé

    Wise Guy

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    I obviously don't know how severe the damage is so can't comment on whether it'll be safe to drive. However, just note that when suspension failure occurs... you quite often are going in the direction at the speed you're doing when it fails...


    I know for one I'd risk it, but that's just me. :p
     
  3. pinkaardvark

    Soldato

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    Location: Cambs

    I drove 40 miles with the sharp bit of a broken spring pushing into the top of my front drivers side tyre, strangely enough it did no damage to the tyre. I wouldn't reccomend though :)
     
  4. Enfield

    Soldato

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    What does that mean lol? :confused:
     
  5. Firestar_3x

    Caporegime

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    Imho and i may be wrong if its just the spring thats gone (Cracked) the worst that will happen is that side of the car will be lower and it will handle funny, the strut is attached at the top and even if the spring was taken away totally the suspension would not fall off and you would not sale off in one direction.

    Just take it easy, and you should be fine.
     
  6. Nathan

    Mobster

    Joined: 4 Feb 2003

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    Location: West Midlands

    It ll be fine ;) When I took my 306 P bushes apart on the suspension they crumbled to pieces. It was a sunday, I didnt have the new ones, no where was open and I was off down newquay that day (300 mile trip) My dad had some spare landrover series 2 SOLID bushes and we bodged them on. Still on to this day and its been fine over the 14,000 miles its done since. lol
     
  7. Scarfacé

    Wise Guy

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    It means if you have suspension failure you're royally ******! ;)
     
  8. Firestar_3x

    Caporegime

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    Depends how it fails. ;)
     
  9. Scarfacé

    Wise Guy

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    Yup, just that I know someone who had a Laguna... we were going down the road at 40mph when all of a sudden the front of the car just dropped... not a fun experience at all. :p
     
  10. Firestar_3x

    Caporegime

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    Did his wheel fall off? :p
     
  11. loopylou

    Wise Guy

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    Now you are worrying me!
     
  12. Firestar_3x

    Caporegime

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    Seriously you have little to worry about, like i said before the worst that will happen is the snapped bit of spring will work its way down the other left bit of spring coil and one front side will be lower, take it easy and you will be A OK! ;)
     
  13. loopylou

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    Ok, on your head be it :D, I know it should be aright I just like to worry.
     
  14. Firestar_3x

    Caporegime

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    Must resist posting, re: worry comment.

    Discalimer :

    The information(s) provided will no doubt be full of errors and often devoid of any point or relevance to the particular post, therefore the originator of the information(s) will be devoid of all accountability if the asking party decides to act upon supposed advice received, risk of broken nails / dirty clothes due to subsequent mechanical failure while using the vehicle in its half defunct state are also non accountable to the poster of said information(s).

    back OT ;)
     
  15. GlasgowTitan

    Wise Guy

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    I put my 51 plate Fiesta in for a service 3 weeks ago, the guy said my suspension had a crack in it also. However he also said that its like a failsafe or something and that I can drive it fine. He said it wouldn't pass an MOT but its perfectly fine to drive in the meantime and get it sorted later when funding/MOT permits.
     
  16. Tesla

    Capodecina

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    Thats because it's a Laguna.
     
  17. geiger

    Mobster

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    Just take it easy, stick to the limits, leave alot of braking space. Pretend your mum is in the car drinking tea :D
     
  18. [TW]Fox

    Man of Honour

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    You've been trained well :cool:
     
  19. loopylou

    Wise Guy

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    I got home in one piece, took it very slowly and got all fustrated at people overtaking me on the A130 as I am driving at 50. I can't wait till he is fixed tomorrow (my car is a boy). I will feel so much better about the car.
     
  20. Firestar_3x

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    makes a change for a lad car to break down :p

    Usually its the women causing the problems ;)

    Ducks for cover!