Jangling sound from the front while driving - broken spring

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Model: C3 2002-2005, Original shape model
Year: 2002 (52)
Engine Size: 1.4 (16v)
Fuel Type: Diesel
Mileage: 100000
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The 2002 C3 has been low at the front for years. Knocking off rubber strip under the front bumper was quite a common occurrence, the car was due for some springs after reading how new springs helped Hans Zarkov in his post and pictures of the c3 before & after strut replacement.

The quite quiet jangling sound started one day. Not too alarming, no difference in handling but still required some investigation.
Citroen C3 Broken Front Spring
Citroen C3 Broken Front Spring

The spring has snapped near the bottom and the cup modification fitted had saved the tyre from damage by catching the broken bit of spring and allowing the other half of the spring to rest in the cup.

Always fit springs in pairs, like most suspension and brake parts to keep the left and right side of the car balanced.

2 new springs ordered from euro car parts:


and fitted:
citroen c3 jangling springs
citroen c3 jangling springs

The ride height at the front is back to what it should be, but the back is looking a bit low, new rear springs are on order
Citroen C3 front ride height after springs changed
Citroen C3 front ride height after springs changed

The unbroken spring from the other side is showing signs of corrosion, which weakens the spring making it more likely to break
corrosion on spring leads to weakness
corrosion on spring leads to weakness

Discounted springs for your C3 from Euro Car Parts website (click here)
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