Spring has sprung again

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Are C3 springs really that prone to snapping?
I am changing a spring on my 59 plate C3 for the fourth time due to it snapping (2nd time on this side). That will be the 6th or 7th time i've changed a spring on a C3 (the others on the wife's old car). I've had the 59 plater for 8 years making it a 2 yearly event. I will admit I never change the springs in pairs due to the hassle!

I noticed that the Citroen original spring all snapped at th narrower coils meaning the sring then goes down past the cup & my repalcements (Sachs) snapped in the middle, except the one today that snapped on the bottom smaller coil.

It is worth noting that there are several spring variants. Power steering & roadwheel size come into play. Early on a motorfactors insisted they had got me the correct spring but I found it bulged to the side & rubbed on the body work. Taking it back out & omparing to the broken sring you could see that it had an extra part of a turn at the bottom end.

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Hi

Looks like you are missing a part. The spring catcher is not present.

It won't stop the spring breaking, but it does stop the broken spring from shredding the tyre.


The springs have been improved over time, so they differ from factory. That's why they should be changed in pairs.

Mine don't break very often, but the roads are quite good and loads are not very heavy.

Everything comes down to a price, did you buy the cheapest springs available?
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My car has never had spring catchers (I've had it from 3 years old). Wife's car did. Previous springs have been Sachs from Eurocarparts. I believe Citroen do fit Sachs parts....unfortunaely the only ones I can find are from GSF at the moment & are Lesjofors (whoever they are). There seems to be a distinct lack of springs for a 15" wheel with aircon. 14" variant are easy to find!
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zebedee2001 wrote: Mon Jan 03, 2022 9:47 pm My car has never had spring catchers (I've had it from 3 years old).
You used to (not sure if you still can) get the extra parts as a kit. Fitting it may save you some money in the long run should another spring fail :shock:
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Have a look on AutoDoc, springs for front and rear axles, panarama sunroofs, sports etc varying prices from £30 -£70 per spring but alway a discount to be had. I would always swap both sides, even if only one has gone, they weaken over time and terrains.
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