Close call

Car Mechanics (UK) - - Tales From The Workshop -

▶ The in­ter­net is a pow­er­ful tool. The owner of this 2006 Ford Fi­esta had re­searched the prob­lem with their ve­hi­cle ex­ten­sively on­line, so they were con­fi­dent when book­ing in the ve­hi­cle to have the near­side CV joint re­placed. The symp­toms in­cluded a knock­ing noise and a bang­ing sound when turn­ing, but the di­ag­no­sis was slightly out.

Thank­fully, the owner de­cided not to drive the ve­hi­cle to us, in­stead get­ting it re­cov­ered via their break­down ser­vice. When it ar­rived, it took only a cou­ple of sec­onds to re­alise that the CV joint was fine and a bro­ken spring was caus­ing all the prob­lems. It was also al­most the cause of a loss of brak­ing, be­cause when the spring had snapped and shot down from the strut, it had caught the metal brake pipe run­ning across the in­ner wing, al­most tear­ing it from the union. A close call, in­deed.

The brake pipe had been dam­aged by the bro­ken spring and had al­most ripped away.

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