Front suspension ride height

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Hi All,

I have a 2004 C3 16v deisel, in fact, this is the second C3 of the same age and type (the first was in 2005).

My current car (and the older one) has a very low front end, making quite a noticeable slope to the stance of the car. I didn't actually mind this a first, but now I'm starting to find it annoying that I scrape the front of the bumper over every speed bump in the road, that I've had to remove the front mud flaps (as they were getting ripped off at the road bumps), that the front of the car scrapes the floor when I go down the ramps in a multy story car-park, and that my missus is forever knocking the plastic strip off the bottom of the bumper whenever she parks the car nose-first into even the lowest of curbs.

I've had both shock absorbers and springs replaced (both have snapped), the ride height didn't change.

But later models don't seem to have this problem..

Does anyone know if later (higher) front suspension struts & spring are compatible?

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Hello Hans Zarkov

No solution here, sorry, but I have a diesel 2002 and its low at the front. I have knocked the rubber trim off the bumper numerous times, but not had problems with regular speed bumps, and there are plenty near me.

I assumed it was only the diesels that were low at the front, due to a heavier engine? but that is only a guess. I have no idea if they came out of the factory like that or just got worn out over time.
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My Name: Hans Zarkov

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Model: C3 2002-2005, Original shape model
Year: 2004 (04)
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Fuel Type: Diesel
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Gearbox: Manual 5 speed
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Took my C3 through its MOT this last weekend, the MOT man straight out of the garage said that it looked like both front springs had gone! - After inspection they hadn't & the car flew through the test :)

I'm still going to look into this issue with citroen, & try to figure out how to raise the front of the car so it is level....

John


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I'm still going to look into this issue with citroen, & try to figure out how to raise the front of the car so it is level....
Hi John, I would be very interested to hear how you get on.

I can't see anything in the suspension set-up to raise the front other than the springs, but they don't shrink as the wear over the years.
The only other part that I could see that could possibly make a difference are the lower arm to chassis bushes (part of the lower arm). But that's just clutching at straws. I haven't changed any bits yet.

The lower front suspension arm (track control arm)
Citroen C3 track control arm
Citroen C3 track control arm

I think this one has a broken spring
Citroen C3 low at the front with a broken suspension spring
Citroen C3 low at the front with a broken suspension spring
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