Rear suspension advice

  1. Andy McGhee

    Andy McGhee Enthusiast

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    1. I'd appreciate some expert advice on this one, please.
      About 18 months ago I started hearing a squeak from the offside rear of the F6 when it was under load (lots of logs/camping stuff). At first I thought it was the shock absorber on that side, but a new pair made no difference. I then had a look at the outer mounting (apologies for the shocking photo, but I can't get a clearer one): [​IMG]

      I don't know if you can see from the photo, but about an inch and a bit into the hole there's a ridge - it doesn't look/feel jagged like a broken edge. However, if you put a bar in the first inch of the hole, you can feel movement in the bush. It was definitely the source of the squeak - now gone thanks to some rubber grease. My worry, though, is that there might be a problem with the trailing arm.
      My plan for a while has been to replace/have replaced the complete rear suspension unit - the van's done 235,000 miles - and I've found one in SW France; the problem, though, is that I need to take the F6 to get it! I'm sure it's been like this for quite a while (and possibly several MOTs); the inner and outer mountings seem really solid, and the van drives really well.
    2. Has anyone had the same problem? Just to clarify, here's another photo with what I'm worried about arrowed:
    P1060389_LI.jpg
     
  2. ggcton Enthusiast

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    Sounds like the rear axle has sheared.
     
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  3. harbourseal

    harbourseal Renault R4 Lunatic

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    Im afraid that you are correct @ggcton the rear right trailing arm has broken just outside the suspension bush.
    you can make a quick fix by jamming in a tight fitting steel pipe. But you need to replace the trailing arm.
     
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  4. JdeW

    JdeW Enthusiast

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    Yes it's indeed as mentioned above by ggcton and harbourseal, the trailer arm is broken just outside the outer suspension bush.
    It often starts as small holes as shown in the picture below and it is hard to spot in an early stage.
    But small holes will grow bigger over time and then it snaps.
    [​IMG]
     
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  5. Andy McGhee

    Andy McGhee Enthusiast

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    Thanks everyone for the advice (and the bad news...). And thanks, Joop for the photo - it makes it much clearer.
     
  6. Pete Isom

    Pete Isom Enthusiast

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    Location:
    Raunds, Northamptonshire
    ive just bought a set from der franzose, dont know if that helps you, their shipping is reasonable
     
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