2004 C3 Citroen bushing problem
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    Icon4 2004 C3 Citroen bushing problem

    i have a 2004 citroen C3, 3 months ago i had to have the rubber bushing replaced at the top of the strut near the top of the tower left side.

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    Now 3 months later the same bushing has gone again, why would this be happening like this.

    the top of the strut you can hear the large knocking sound when you got bumps, and the top of the strut you can see move from the top of the strut tower.

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    On top of the spring is a conical centring fitting, which in turn fits into a bearing to allow spring rotation when cornering. The bearing is held, under the body, by a rubber mount, with a bearing and hole in it to restrain the shock absorber strut rod. You can see the top of the rod from above.

    There is a trick to putting the rubber mount back. The hole in the body is elongated, not circular, and the mount is kept in place by a ridge that sits on the inside edge of the hole. There is a small alignment hole so that a drift, or whatever can locate the mount when the top is tightened. Not located correctly the mount can move and spoil the camber geometry, as well as knock. The other source of knock is a bad bearing - they are exposed to water and fine dusts. The pic is a DS3, very similar to the most recent C3.
    2004 C3 Citroen bushing problem-strut-top.jpg 2004 C3 Citroen bushing problem-strut2.jpg

    PS Another knock, a cheap and quick fix, is a ball joint in the drop link.
    Last edited by seasink; 11th January 2017 at 02:44 PM.

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    Quote Originally Posted by seasink View Post
    On top of the spring is a conical centring fitting, which in turn fits into a bearing to allow spring rotation when cornering. The bearing is held, under the body, by a rubber mount, with a bearing and hole in it to restrain the shock absorber strut rod. You can see the top of the rod from above.

    There is a trick to putting the rubber mount back. The hole in the body is elongated, not circular, and the mount is kept in place by a ridge that sits on the inside edge of the hole. There is a small alignment hole so that a drift, or whatever can locate the mount when the top is tightened. Not located correctly the mount can move and spoil the camber geometry, as well as knock. The other source of knock is a bad bearing - they are exposed to water and fine dusts. The pic is a DS3, very similar to the most recent C3.
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    PS Another knock, a cheap and quick fix, is a ball joint in the drop link.
    ok thanks will look into it, as teh car i cant drive till fixed, i hope this time it last longer then a few months

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