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[Steering & Suspension] Broken Front Spring
#1
Lots of noise from NSF corner this morning only to find that the spring has broken.

Citroen Select Extended Used Car Warranty confirmed that they will cover it, Citroen Assistance arranged recovery to nearest Citroen dealer. Citroen Assistance actually use the AA and provide a service which includes up to 3 days hire car through Enterprise if I need it. 

Car was picked up and on its way to dealer within an hour of my first call, all very efficient so far Citroen, thank you.

(The AA man said that its quite common, not just Berlingos, other makes/models as well)


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#2
Glad it is being sorted, how old/miles out of interest?
MkIII VTR 1.6hdi Modutop, Climate Pack, 16" Alloys
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#3
Snapped a front one on mine last week (58 plate B9,80k miles), just coming off my drive !
I reckon theyre made from tempered string these days !
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#4
I had one snap on my previous car, and the snapped end ripped the sidewall off a nearly new tyre too.

Cars are heavier than ever, plus the roads are full of holes and speed humps. Plus there's the obesity epidemic!
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#5
10-plate, 48k miles, also reversing off my driveway, its a very gentle ramp.
Blaming my wife, she was sat that side!

PS shape of the Berlingo spring means it just drops down, very little/no risk of damaging the tyre.
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#6
My offside front coil snapped in half as I drove onto my drive (which was lucky). My van had quite a few miles under it's belt (circa 280,000 miles) at the time, and I went on to notice that about 4" of coil had already snapped off one end of the nearside spring as well!

I ordered replacements from Euro Car Parts and was sent the wrong springs, so ordered the right springs from a Citroen main dealer at a cost of around £170. They are simple to replace if you have the right kit (spring compressors and a torque wrench). I did it on my own, and replaced both strut top swivel bearings at the same time.

I think the citroen springs are maybe on the weak side, but the number of road speed humps around nowadays doesn't help!
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(29-07-2016, 09:15 PM)CourierJim Wrote:  I think the citroen springs are maybe on the weak side, but the number of road speed humps around nowadays doesn't help!

I've repaired springs on Vauxhall, Ford and Japanese cars as often as I have Citroen or Peugeot. They don't make their own springs same as they don't make their own brakes and electrical components. I think there is not as much safety margin designed into some parts these days to save on a little bit of weight for the be all and end all economy figures everyone seems to be chasing.
So where does this bit go then ?
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