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MOT fail - broken spring

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Ok, Ok ... I get the drift! :P

'The Mighty Sheldon' (2CV) does indeed have springs, just not the normal coil springs which snap a lot. I'm sure people know what I was saying.

 

Indeed, Citroën are famed for their innovative suspension designs. Although, not the same design, the Citroën DS came (in 1955) with self-levelling hydro-pneumatic suspension, giving an unparallelled ride so far as comfort (and handling) was concerned. So good was it that Rolls-Royce and Maserati used the same (Citroën) system in all their cars for many years under license (they may still do?) My 1975 Silver Shadow had the familiar green nitrogen gas spheres under the bonnet.

 

Strangely enough, the 2CV cost the same as the practically handmade Roller (I don't have it anymore). Over the next year (winter) I plan to restore 'The Mighty Sheldon' to concourse.

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It's sometimes impossible to avoid the potholes though such is the disgusting state of some roads - even driving slowly and carefully I have had to have springs replaced on my car :rant:

 

Even on roads you know very well a deep pothole can appear very quickly, over just a day or two.

 

You can't crawl around everywhere at walking pace, thats just idiotic.

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I had to have two shock absorbers replaced last year, which I suspect were damaged by driving on Chesterfield Rd near Ponsford's.

 

I also had to have a battery replaced recently. The garage suggested it had become loose and was subsequently damaged, because of constant bouncing up and down on potholes/uneven surfaces.

 

SCC did not refund me for either.

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The rules on how and what you can claim are pretty tight IIRC, and from my experience SCC are actually pretty good at fixing a pot hole when it's been reported.

 

The fact so many are there in the first place is another discussion really.

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I'll take it as a no then. The hassle of trying to navigate the council procedures would probably drive me insane anyway.

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I also had to have a battery replaced recently. The garage suggested it had become loose and was subsequently damaged, because of constant bouncing up and down on potholes/uneven surfaces.

 

Wouldn't that get picked up during a routine check? Or do people not bother doing this any more?

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Wouldn't that get picked up during a routine check? Or do people not bother doing this any more?

 

Unfortunately we're not all Peugeot and Citroen Diagnostic Specialists, so many of us would be out of our depths fiddling about with car batteries.

 

I'm sure there are a few things that you yourself should do "routine checks" on, but do not know how.

 

Besides, the battery wasn't noticeably hanging off. The screw was loose and so it wasn't supported whenever I hit potholes.

 

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I'll take it as a no then. The hassle of trying to navigate the council procedures would probably drive me insane anyway.

 

Yep, don't waste your time.

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Unfortunately we're not all Peugeot and Citroen Diagnostic Specialists, so many of us would be out of our depths fiddling about with car batteries.

 

I'm sure there are a few things that you yourself should do "routine checks" on, but do not know how.

 

Besides, the battery wasn't noticeably hanging off. The screw was loose and so it wasn't supported whenever I hit potholes.

 

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The battery clamp is essential so as to prevent it from falling about the engine bay/bonnet in the event that the car turns over or on its side. It's an MOT failure if it's not secured.

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Little tip! If you don't want to spend money on wear and tear items on a vehicle don't drive one! Coil springs become corroded and break it's a fact of motoring!

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Unfortunately we're not all Peugeot and Citroen Diagnostic Specialists, so many of us would be out of our depths fiddling about with car batteries.

 

You don't need to be.

 

Its basic car maintenance, now part of the requirements of the theory test.

 

All drivers should know the basics of car maintenance. Such knowledge can save you money and help to make your car safer.

 

There's no excuse to spending half an hour to check over things when topping up the screenwash.

 

Do you also never check your tyre pressures or tread? Or the level on the brake fluid?

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I don't know if it still does but once Highway Code recommended walking round the vehicle and doing a visual inspection every morning before the first journey,I think it's standard practice with truckers.

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I don't know if it still does but once Highway Code recommended walking round the vehicle and doing a visual inspection every morning before the first journey,I think it's standard practice with truckers.

 

Where I work we have to sign a form to say we have done our walk round checks every day

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