View Full Version : Suspension Problems!

12-03-2005, 19:59
Today i got my 16"s which were going on along with 35mm springs BUT;

when trying to get one of the struts off, the allen key hole (for holding it steady when undoing the top-mount) has rounded! Is there an easy way to get this off now or is going to be a garage effort? if so, how will they remove it??

Also, while i had the wheels off i noticed that the car (1.2 mk1 ph3) has no anti-roll bar - is this meant to be like that is is it 'missing'?

Any help appreciated as i'm now left with a 4x4!

12-03-2005, 20:02
Strut top caps will need air gunning off :cry:

12-03-2005, 20:05
Would that take long to do/cost much?

12-03-2005, 20:10
No not long......just a quick blast either side should get them loose.

Price wise, no more than a tenner, should do it for free, it will take about 5 min at the most.

Someone else may have another trick?????

12-03-2005, 20:19
Nah, i had to airgun some of mine off.
As for price, have you not got a mate with a compressor?
I'd do it for you if you were local.


12-03-2005, 21:01
Many thanks for that - i'll consider taking it to a garage next week...releif to know its not going to be megabucks to fix!

Actually don't know if i can be arsed with it now - seems i'm cursed in regard to clios as there always seems to be problems! My dads getting a monkey bike on thursday which has got me thinking! ;-p

12-03-2005, 21:06
those alan key sockets are arse.. 6mm if i remember right and a 21mm ring spanner for the top struts.. thats for valver williams suspension.

12-03-2005, 22:42
Hehe, I had a similar problem two weeks ago when trying to change my springs... Managed to change the driver side spring but couldn't get the passenger side strut undun at the top, right bastard those when they cease... didn't round the hole any anything, but twisted 2 allan keys in the process trying ! never seen that done before.

Anyways I just used WD40 on it for 2 weeks tried again today and bingo it came straight off... So tomorrow im changing that spring :)

12-03-2005, 22:44
by the way, how come an airgun doesn't need to lock the allan key hole down? doesn't the piston spin?

12-03-2005, 23:48
An old SAS trick is to take the car down to Hill Power and get Nick to do the suspension for you. :wink:

willy 0329
13-03-2005, 00:24
the windy gun kind of vibrates it off while spining it the best and fastest way to remove the strut tops 8)

13-03-2005, 02:08
Yeah, it's the shock given by the gun, you need plenty of pressure and a short fat airline.


13-03-2005, 10:16
Ah, so if i go somewhere that uses an airgun they'll get it off - i assume they could refit it too using the airgun therby saving me buying a new shock?

13-03-2005, 13:10
Don't refit it using an airgun, that's why you struggled in the first place.


13-03-2005, 18:11
Sorted now - got kwik fit to loosen it off with the airgun, fitted the springs myself and got them to airgun it tight again. Mucho improvement...i can corner and it doesn't look like a 4x4 anymore! Just got the torsion bar to do theis week...

Cheers for the help! :-)

13-03-2005, 19:17
nice one. did my remaining spring today aswell, i've had to WD40 it for the last 2 weeks for it to "uncease".