What make of suspension to use?

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I have had little trouble with my C3 over the years, but even although it passed the latest MOT, with 112000 miles on the clock it is time to replace the suspension again (last done on 60,000). Although the car still holds the road great, comfort is not good and I hate going over even the smallest pot hole.
So a number of questions regarding improving the quality (comfort) of ride:

:?: What is the best make of shock absorbers to buy - I seems to have a choice of Bolk, Sachs or Kyb - but the only difference I can see is price?

:?: Should I replace the springs as well as they have never been replaced?

:?: It is easy to replace the items or it is best left to the garage?
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Year: 2002 (02)
Engine Size: 1.4 (16v)
Fuel Type: Diesel
Mileage: 140000
Trim Level: Exclusive
Gearbox: Manual 5 speed
DPF: No
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Hi JohnA, welcome to the forum.
JohnA wrote: Should I replace the springs as well as they have never been replaced?
Yes, I am surprised you have managed to do 110K miles and not break a spring. They are a common problem and are easily changed when you change the dampers.


Citroen C3 Suspension spring
Citroen C3 Suspension spring
JohnA wrote:it is time to replace the suspension again (last done on 60,000). Although the car still holds the road great, comfort is not good and I hate going over even the smallest pot hole.
This could be due to more than just the spring and dampers. The suspension top mounts do wear and you may find the lower arm bushes are worn. If you are stripping out the dampers and springs you get access to the top and bottom suspension parts for inspection. Drop links cause a clonking/knocking over uneven surfaces.


You can pick up some SKF top mount and bearing for the C3 here.

Top bearing and mount for front suspension repair on a Citroen C3
Top bearing and mount for front suspension repair on a Citroen C3

JohnA wrote:What is the best make of shock absorbers to buy - I seems to have a choice of Bolk, Sachs or Kyb - but the only difference I can see is price?
Euro Car Parts also have Bilstein C3 Dampers , a well known and respect brand for shock absorbers, but the KYB dampers here, from euro car parts have been performing well[/url].
JohnA wrote:It is easy to replace the items or it is best left to the garage?
Its not difficult, but you do need to be careful with the spring compressors and the big suspension nuts would benefit from a breaker bar along with a good dose of Plusgas well before you start.


The suspension leg:
Exploded diagram of the Citroen C3 front suspension damper leg (click to enlarge)
Exploded diagram of the Citroen C3 front suspension damper leg (click to enlarge)
and the lower control arm with bushes and ball joint fitted
lower control arm - citroen C3 (with bushes and ball joint)
lower control arm - citroen C3 (with bushes and ball joint)
Which you can find here at ECP
My Name: JohnA

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Model: C3 2002-2005, Original shape model
Year: 2002 (02)
Engine Size: 1.4 (16v)
Fuel Type: Diesel
Mileage: 112000
Trim Level: Exclusive
Gearbox: Manual 5 speed
DPF: No

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Many thanks for the detailed reply Guru, it seems pretty straight forward so I will go ahead and order the parts once I can find which ones relate to my car.
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Model: C3 2002-2005, Original shape model
Year: 2004 (04)
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I have recently done mine but I bought a used strut all complete because I couldn't fit the coil spring on the damper with the manual spring clamps, they are quite difficult to remove unless you have done it before. Good luck you ll need it.
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Year: 2002 (02)
Engine Size: 1.4 (16v)
Fuel Type: Diesel
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Trim Level: Exclusive
Gearbox: Manual 5 speed
DPF: No
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Engine name: DV4 16-valve diesel (90 PS)
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JohnA wrote:Many thanks for the detailed reply Guru, it seems pretty straight forward so I will go ahead and order the parts once I can find which ones relate to my car.

If you have a standard UK number plate, you can enter your reg in the Euro Car Parts - here websites to be presented with only the right parts for your C3. You can also select the year, fuel, etc manually. Free delivery is available along with some great discounts :)
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