Xantia Suspension (again.. yawn...sorry regulars)

Our most popular forum is for Citroën problems, discussions and chat.
Specialising in AX, BX, ZX, Xantia,C5, Xsara, Saxo and XM. CX, 2cv & Berlingo, all are welcome.NOT for selling cars/parts!

Moderator: RichardW

russellfowden
Posts: 26
Joined: Wed Aug 28, 2002 11:09 pm
Location: United Kingdom
My Cars:
Contact:

Xantia Suspension (again.. yawn...sorry regulars)

Postby russellfowden » Mon Sep 02, 2002 2:37 am

Hi guys,
First off thanks for your help with my ZX niggle. I realise I need to make constructive contributions back on this to return the favour but right now I'm rather worried about my mothers car and would really appreciate some answers, although as it's not my vehicle and I live elsewhere I'm not 100% on the history of it all. It's a tired L reg Xantia LX 1.9 TD (170k odd on the clock) not fitted with the fancy suspension, Aptiva or whatever it was called. It was recently re-engined (not sure if that is relevant) and has since (but not obviously as a direct result) developed shocking suspension. I used to drive this car when I (and it) were younger and it always struck me as being rather like driving a big waterbed (albeit one that inexplicably went round corners quite well.) Now something is really wrong, it bounces everywhere and having started it and wandered round it seems that the back end is rising but the front end isn't, if you push down on the front of the car it seems to be on the bump stops. My Mum, characteristically technologically unaware, denies any problem and rather scarily it passed an MOT the other week. It's being driven several hundred miles a week and I'm concerned that as it stands it can't be safe. Does anyone know what the problem is likely to be and we'll take a look at this currently rather worrying chariot?
Thanks a heap,
Russ
0 x

shaunthesheep
Posts: 390
Joined: Tue Jul 16, 2002 2:42 pm
Location: United Kingdom
My Cars:

Postby shaunthesheep » Mon Sep 02, 2002 3:09 am

russ,
it sounds like your front spheares are knacked.
dom
0 x

Dave Burns
Posts: 1934
Joined: Mon May 14, 2001 5:30 am
Location: United Kingdom
My Cars:

Postby Dave Burns » Mon Sep 02, 2002 3:32 am

If its not rising at the front it could well be on the stops, have you tried raising it to the top with the height lever inside the car.
Even if the sphere's are shagged they wont prevent the car rising to its normal height.
Frozen (rusted) pivot's on the height corrector linkage is likely or the plastic ball link may have come off.
Dave
0 x

russellfowden
Posts: 26
Joined: Wed Aug 28, 2002 11:09 pm
Location: United Kingdom
My Cars:
Contact:

Postby russellfowden » Mon Sep 02, 2002 7:59 pm

If i push the height lever to it's top or second from top clearance setting the front of the car rises OK but there is still no travel in the suspension - front solid as a rock and refuses to be pushed down. Back end seems fine.
0 x

Dave Burns
Posts: 1934
Joined: Mon May 14, 2001 5:30 am
Location: United Kingdom
My Cars:

Postby Dave Burns » Tue Sep 03, 2002 2:30 am

Get some sphere's on it quick and take it from there, if your mother goes over a good enough pothole with it, the strut could be shoved up through the bonet if they are anything like the XM's, very nasty very dangerous.
Dave
0 x


Return to “Citroën”

Who is online

Users browsing this forum: harryp and 16 guests