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Old January 19th, 2009, 04:21 AM   #1
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Stock suspension bottoming out with passengers?

My coupe makes a nasty 'scraping' noise going over some bumps when there are four people on board.

Is this a 'standard feature' or do I need to get my suspension fixed?

I've got stock suspension, not lowered so a big gap above the wheels but it does have 17" rims with 225/55 tyres (they were on it when I bought it, don't blame me)
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Old January 19th, 2009, 04:47 AM   #2
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May just be the tires rubbing on the fender liner. Might want to look and see if you have any wear. Your struts might be worn out also
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Old January 19th, 2009, 05:25 AM   #3
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You might have a blown strut back there.
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Old January 27th, 2009, 04:31 AM   #4
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Hmmm, it's only got 58K miles (although not by me) and handles nicely (only a little roll) so it doesn't _feel_ as if the dampers are shagged (broken for non UK readers).

I'll have to stick it on a ramp and have a look see.

Thanks for the help.
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Old January 27th, 2009, 08:56 AM   #5
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you might have a rubbing problem. 225/55 series tires on a 17 inch wheel? I think that would rub with people in the car. It;s probably rubbing the rear bumper tab or the rear fender.
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Old January 27th, 2009, 09:34 AM   #6
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maybe ur passengers are too heavy so it lowers ur car in the rear.
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Old January 27th, 2009, 11:01 AM   #7
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what offset are the wheels? it could be that the tires/wheels are rubbing on the fender liner...
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Old January 27th, 2009, 01:39 PM   #8
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I would say the tires are rubbing. The stock suspension is soft and with a full load, this would be entirely feasible.
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Old February 3rd, 2009, 05:29 AM   #9
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Thanks guys, I'm pretty sure it's down to the stock suspension being soft and not a blown shock.

For info when it scraped over every bump there were 4 adults, 1 baby, and 3 full suitcases on the way to the airport - a really heavy load

It did do it one other time when there were 3 people on board - but that was over a speedbump
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