tracking checked and it was off, shock leg and hub was slightly bent

Questions not related to the fuel type, like Manual Gearbox, Body Work, Lights, Interior trim and Seats, Steering, Brakes, Beeping, Wheels and Tyres to be asked in this topic only.

Audio has its own section - see further down the page.

Please provide as much information as you think may be relevant like recent work on the car and you can attach photographs directly to your topic using the form below the text box.
Forum rules
One question per topic.
No Engine questions
Think: Manual Gearbox, Seats, Bodywork, Lighting, Interior, A/C, Heater, Wheels, Steering, Brakes, Tyres and Suspension
My Name: Jjb0800

Top Contributor
Posts: 38
Joined: Wed Nov 11, 2020 7:37 pm
Model: C3 2002-2005, Original shape model
Year: 2006 (06)
Engine Size: 1.4 i
Fuel Type: Petrol
Mileage: 71200
Trim Level: SX
Gearbox: Manual 5 speed
DPF: No
LHD or RHD: RHD (UK)
Has thanked: 1 time
Been thanked: 1 time

Post

Today had my tracking checked and said it was off, the tracking guy checked the suspension components all was fine ball joints etc but the only issue spotted was the passenger side shock leg and hub was slightly bent but was not a big issue. I went ahead with the tracking adjustment and its much better and straight than before but i have noticed that when the steering wheel is in a horizontal position, the wheels are not straight by a fraction. So i have to move it slightly right to get a straight wheel. What does he mean by the shock leg and hub?
User avatar
My Name: Arfur Dent

Guru
Posts: 3410
Joined: Sat Jul 23, 2011 3:47 pm
Model: C3 2002-2005, Original shape model
Year: 2002 (52)
Engine Size: 1.4 (16v)
Fuel Type: Diesel
Mileage: 100000
Trim Level: Exclusive
Gearbox: Manual 5 speed
DPF: No
LHD or RHD: RHD (UK)
Engine name: DV4 16-valve diesel (90 PS)
Has thanked: 306 times
Been thanked: 119 times

Post

Jjb0800 wrote: Wed Feb 24, 2021 6:53 pm I went ahead with the tracking adjustment and its much better and straight than before but i have noticed that when the steering wheel is in a horizontal position, the wheels are not straight by a fraction. So i have to move it slightly right to get a straight wheel.
The tracking is still out, not toe-in or toe-out, but 'not aligned with the steering wheel'.

So both track rod ends need the same amount of adjustment in the same direction to set the steering straight,
Jjb0800 wrote: Wed Feb 24, 2021 6:53 pm What does he mean by the shock leg and hub?
the shock 'leg' is the damper and on the bottom of the damper is the hub. Quite how they can be bent is something I don't know, but a picture or two may help explain where the suspension leg is and where the hub is.


Leg:
Citroen C3 suspension leg removed
Citroen C3 suspension leg removed





Hub attached to the leg
Citroen C3 hub arrowed, connected to leg
Citroen C3 hub arrowed, connected to leg
You can add an avatar to your account - Avatar or change your vehicle details - Car Bio or even add a signature to your posts - Signature. But this is not all you can do in the User Control Panel :)
My Name: Jjb0800

Top Contributor
Posts: 38
Joined: Wed Nov 11, 2020 7:37 pm
Model: C3 2002-2005, Original shape model
Year: 2006 (06)
Engine Size: 1.4 i
Fuel Type: Petrol
Mileage: 71200
Trim Level: SX
Gearbox: Manual 5 speed
DPF: No
LHD or RHD: RHD (UK)
Has thanked: 1 time
Been thanked: 1 time

Post

That helps a lot thanks, what would the the best option should i just get the tie rods adjusted or replace the shock leg and hub?
My Name: Jjb0800

Top Contributor
Posts: 38
Joined: Wed Nov 11, 2020 7:37 pm
Model: C3 2002-2005, Original shape model
Year: 2006 (06)
Engine Size: 1.4 i
Fuel Type: Petrol
Mileage: 71200
Trim Level: SX
Gearbox: Manual 5 speed
DPF: No
LHD or RHD: RHD (UK)
Has thanked: 1 time
Been thanked: 1 time

Post

If i replace the shock absorber wouldnt that be the same thing?
User avatar
My Name: Arfur Dent

Guru
Posts: 3410
Joined: Sat Jul 23, 2011 3:47 pm
Model: C3 2002-2005, Original shape model
Year: 2002 (52)
Engine Size: 1.4 (16v)
Fuel Type: Diesel
Mileage: 100000
Trim Level: Exclusive
Gearbox: Manual 5 speed
DPF: No
LHD or RHD: RHD (UK)
Engine name: DV4 16-valve diesel (90 PS)
Has thanked: 306 times
Been thanked: 119 times

Post

Jjb0800 wrote: Fri Feb 26, 2021 3:25 am That helps a lot thanks, what would the the best option should i just get the tie rods adjusted or replace the shock leg and hub?
I would get the tracking sorted with 'straight ahead steering wheel' done, if that bothers you. It is more important to get that right on cars with ESP, but that came on later cars.


Changing the springs and dampers (the leg) on both sides at the same time usually gets done when either a spring fail (snaps) or the MOT test spots a warn damper/strut. But the damper will only work well up to 60k miles depending on the sort of roads you drive. It may pay to do both fronts if they are due for a change, They should be done in pairs to keep the front suspension balanced.

Not knowing exactly what the mechanic was talking about and they didn't seem too worried about it, maybe you can leave that.

Are your tyres wearing evenly?

Or are they worn due to the tracking?
You can add an avatar to your account - Avatar or change your vehicle details - Car Bio or even add a signature to your posts - Signature. But this is not all you can do in the User Control Panel :)
My Name: Jjb0800

Top Contributor
Posts: 38
Joined: Wed Nov 11, 2020 7:37 pm
Model: C3 2002-2005, Original shape model
Year: 2006 (06)
Engine Size: 1.4 i
Fuel Type: Petrol
Mileage: 71200
Trim Level: SX
Gearbox: Manual 5 speed
DPF: No
LHD or RHD: RHD (UK)
Has thanked: 1 time
Been thanked: 1 time

Post

My car had an mot and did not come up as an advisory for any shocks which is surprising as the tracking guy who is not a mechanic said that they were slight bent. I told him the mot tester did not flag it up and he said they sont because they can't see it lol. I might just go to another tracking place and see if they can align the steering once again
My Name: Jjb0800

Top Contributor
Posts: 38
Joined: Wed Nov 11, 2020 7:37 pm
Model: C3 2002-2005, Original shape model
Year: 2006 (06)
Engine Size: 1.4 i
Fuel Type: Petrol
Mileage: 71200
Trim Level: SX
Gearbox: Manual 5 speed
DPF: No
LHD or RHD: RHD (UK)
Has thanked: 1 time
Been thanked: 1 time

Post

Where can i buy a shock leg?
User avatar
My Name: Arfur Dent

Guru
Posts: 3410
Joined: Sat Jul 23, 2011 3:47 pm
Model: C3 2002-2005, Original shape model
Year: 2002 (52)
Engine Size: 1.4 (16v)
Fuel Type: Diesel
Mileage: 100000
Trim Level: Exclusive
Gearbox: Manual 5 speed
DPF: No
LHD or RHD: RHD (UK)
Engine name: DV4 16-valve diesel (90 PS)
Has thanked: 306 times
Been thanked: 119 times

Post

Jjb0800 wrote: Tue May 25, 2021 2:26 am Where can i buy a shock leg?
here, enter your reg to get the right one.
You can add an avatar to your account - Avatar or change your vehicle details - Car Bio or even add a signature to your posts - Signature. But this is not all you can do in the User Control Panel :)
User avatar
My Name: C3CAR

Guru
Posts: 2658
Joined: Wed May 04, 2011 10:01 am
Model: C3 2002-2005, Original shape model
Year: 2002 (02)
Engine Size: 1.4 (16v)
Fuel Type: Diesel
Mileage: 140000
Trim Level: Exclusive
Gearbox: Manual 5 speed
DPF: No
LHD or RHD: RHD (UK)
Engine name: DV4 16-valve diesel (90 PS)
Has thanked: 175 times
Been thanked: 93 times

Post

Arfur Dent wrote: Wed May 26, 2021 5:23 pm
Jjb0800 wrote: Tue May 25, 2021 2:26 am Where can i buy a shock leg?
here, enter your reg to get the right one.
Change them in pairs as they affect braking and suspension.

Also consider doing the springs and possibly the top mounts at the same time. As they all come off when the suspension leg/damper is removed it makes sense to replace the parts that wear too. (Spring break and top mounts wear).
  • Similar Topics
    Replies
    Views
    Last post