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More suspension capers

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More suspension capers

Postby Welly » Wed Feb 04, 2015 2:48 pm

I've got clattery Drop Links up front after the last set 3 years ago, not the end of the world, but what is becoming apparent is KNACKERED DAMPER CHAOS x 4

Over the shitmas break I ferried the Family to a generous meal at a Nando's Chicken emporium. Mrs_Welly and Daughter_Welly sat in the back and on the way there the old woman said that the car felt 'bouncy' in the back :? the young lady also added that "actually Dad it's not very comfy back here" :(

My model came with a "Dynamic Chassis" read: hard ride so its always been a bit harsh but sure enough recently it's actually 'choppy' (like a slammed Corsa). My theory being that the dampers are no longer controlling the compression and rebound of the road springs so I'm literally bouncing about on very tough springs. Literally a person on the Volvo Forum said the same with an enhanced 'wandery' feeling to the car.

Would it seem reasonable* that at 78K miles/10 years the dampers would be knackered? some say they only last 50K miles? I can't really do the bouncy-bouncy test on each corner because the springs just won't give like that.
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Re: More suspension capers

Postby steve_earwig » Wed Feb 04, 2015 4:09 pm

Oh bugger :(

Welly - "I think the shocks have had it."
Mechanic makes feeble attempt to bounce a corner - "Oh yes sir, these are definitely worn out and the car is now not safe to drive. Umm, that will be 11,000 quid, plus labour."
Welly - "Bobby, shall I take 'em to the bridge?"
Bobby - "Go ahead!"
Welly - "Take 'em on to the bridge?"
Bobby - "Take 'em to the bridge."
Welly - "Can I take 'em to the bridge?"
Bobby - "Yeah, carry on."
Welly - "Can I take 'em to the bridge?"
Bobby - "Go ahead, yeah."
Welly - "Hit me now!"

I didn't realise Ford had now halved their expected lifespan on suspension components :shock:

Are you absolutely sure and how many kidneys is it likely to cost?
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Re: More suspension capers

Postby Welly » Wed Feb 04, 2015 4:17 pm

Not 100% sure but driving the thing every day for 6 years I kinda feel something's not right. And the word on the Forum is most dampers are past it whenever someone has removed one on a 50K+ car :roll: I guess the state of the roads doesn't help.

I'll get down to my long-suffering Mechanic friend soon for a good poke about and chin-scratching session.
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Re: More suspension capers

Postby benczuk » Wed Feb 04, 2015 5:15 pm

50k miles. I doubt it would last a year down my bumpy track of a 'Road'. I am fast running out of contenders for a replacement brand for the Pug :(

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On a side note, I had to find this topic after losing it (accessed by unread posts) and it is my first time in Volvo Corner. I note that over 70% of posts are started by Welly, so I would like to propose a rename to Welly Corner.

Could certainly confuse new visitors when Welly was discussing his winter tyres

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Re: More suspension capers

Postby GingerMagic » Wed Feb 04, 2015 5:57 pm

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Re: More suspension capers

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