RE XANTIA FRONT SUSP STRUT.

hi as anyone had a prob with a front susp strut failing on a xantia 1.9 d m reg. mine failed just after doing a left turn thankfully not at speed, resulting
in the strut forcing up the bonnet, which thankfully held the strut in place other wise i am sure the car would have been wrecked, no fluid was lost so most of the car stayed up, enabling it to been dragged up a low loader and home. ASH [uk]
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Ash wrote:

sorry no advice but ... WOW! that's a proper failure - what bad luck!
all the best getting back on the road
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Pre.97 WILL fail around 100.000kmts. But what fails is not the strut but the mounting....
If yours are original and your car has around 100.000 replace them now.
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wrote:

failure point? How come this is the first instance of this that I've heard of if it is a common problem?
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Dealer serviced ?
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Maybe your roads are not as bas as ours (I live in south america) But I am a member of the local Citroen Clubs and we've all been warned to replace the upper mountings and have personally witnessed 2 failures in the last two years...
If you look closely you can see the only this holding the struts is rubber, and that it flexes quite a bit raising and lowering the car...
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Malc ( snipped-for-privacy@lightindigooverthere.co.uk) gurgled happily, sounding much like they were saying :

Because it's a condition, not a mileage thing.
Here in the UK, it's the steel plate that rots out. In South America, as the PP says he is, it's more likely to be fatigue due to poor roads.
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Ash ( snipped-for-privacy@blueyonder.co.uk) gurgled happily, sounding much like they were saying :

VERY common on XMs, and they're a very similar design to Xants.
The problem is that the rubber of the strut top - which acts as a bush absorbing suspension movement - is bonded to steel - which rusts.
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