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    Happy New Year everyone.

    The Fandango Fug appears to have a collapsed front driver's side suspension. The car looks a little lopsided and any slight bump sends the car shuddering and skidding across the road. Is this a normal/common occurrence and how is this treated?

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    Quote Originally Posted by The Gonz View Post
    Happy New Year everyone.

    The Fandango Fug appears to have a collapsed front driver's side suspension. The car looks a little lopsided and any slight bump sends the car shuddering and skidding across the road. Is this a normal/common occurrence and how is this treated?
    Hmm, for an 18 year old, yep sounds prety normal.


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    Some fugs had rather weak welding in the tower area. I've never come accross one myself, but I have heard of the problem mainly on the passenger side. The tower deforms and splits as the spot welding gives way.

    The other problem is where the lower wishbone of the suspension meets the chassis, the bush and spigot wears. Caravelle were having some of these made as they are no longer available.

    If you need anything to help let me know.

    I could supply a replacement for the whole drivers /nearside whole front suspension if you need it to weld in a new tower, and or even a full body..!!

    J. (Mrs) would be happy!!

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    Is it just the right shocker that has gone? or has the ball joint collapsed too?
    Shocks are easy enough to replace with the correct spring compressors.

    there is usually an annoying squeek for ages warning that the ball joint is on it's way out. ..when the shock goes, it starts to feel like a yacht.
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    ....beginning to look a bit frightning isn't it.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Australdi View Post
    Is it just the right shocker that has gone? or has the ball joint collapsed too?
    Shocks are easy enough to replace with the correct spring compressors.
    This may be trying to teach your grandmother how to suck eggs - but remember that Renaults need a lot heavier spring compressor than Repco/Supercheap etc. sell. If you ask him nicely Dave Cavanagh might take a pic of his set up
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    Gonz, pictures required.
    It is not clear to me what this non subtle issue is???

    Has it.....

    Popped a ball joint,
    lost a suspension bush ( eg upper control arm front bush or castor bush)
    Ripped a control arm mount off the chassis,
    Collapsed a strut tower,
    bent the steering arm,
    The rack has become unattatched on one end
    bent a control arm,
    had the driveshaft nut undo and the wheel is about to fall off,
    had the wheel nuts undo and the wheel is about to fall off,
    had the shock absorber shaft bend and bind up giving no suspension travel,
    Bent the lower shock mount so the shock binds.


    Maybe there are more things you can do to bugger a fuego front end but thats all I can think of for now.


    Get the front end up in the air and start looking and moving stuff around. It doesn't usually take long to find something if it is worn or missing, but if it is bent that is another thing altogether as you may need to measure or sight things.
    I suspect though once the car is up in the air whatever is wrong will be obvious.
    Re post #2, start looking at the passengers (kirb) side first.


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    Quote Originally Posted by Ron Boulton View Post
    This may be trying to teach your grandmother how to suck eggs - but remember that Renaults need a lot heavier spring compressor than Repco/Supercheap etc. sell. If you ask him nicely Dave Cavanagh might take a pic of his set up
    nah..my fault Ron...I didn't elaborate what "correct" meant.
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    Thanks for your comprehensive coverage, all. I'll pass on the recommended strategy to Jr.

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