Fault Help

Common or potential faults associated with the French & Italian range.


Having worked with our chosen marques for quite some time now, it stands to reason that we have come across a whole plethora of faults, failures and potential automotive hiccups. Sometimes they are quite clearly due to a lack of maintenance. Others are due to poor design. Then there is just bad luck.

Here follows a list (in no particular order) of some of the more common occurrences we have encountered. Included are our comments and/or opinions as to how 'we' have dealt with the situation or believe would or could be an effective solution. Our ramblings are by no means a substitute for competent professional diagnosis and should be regarded as bodhi for interested parties.

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Noises from Rear suspension

Friday, 6 January 2017  |  Stu

Affecting: Xantia BX, C15, C5, Multipla, Tipo, Tempra, Brava, Bravo, Marea, Coupe, Barchetta, Punto, 145, 146, 155, GTV, Spider,Cinquecento & Seicento 

If you are experiencing squeaks, rattles and things that go bump, then this is probably due to worn trailing arm bushes or bearings. The rear arm pivots on two bushes and is held in by a chuffin' great bolt. The bushes or bearings wear allowing excessive movement at the pivot points. Simple cure, get yourself a bush or bearing repair kit. they will come with all the appropriate bits to do the job. For all of the vehicles listed below it is very rare that damage will have been sustained that cannot be rectified by the kit. All kits come with everything you need including bearings and seals where appropriate. The Cinquecento and Seicento simply have four big bushes, but these will require pressing in. Alternatively Powerflex bushes can be hand fitted without the need for any industrial equipment.

C5 Kit       Xantia BX C15      Barchetta, Punto      Multipla, Tipo, Tempra, Brava, Bravo, Marea, Coupe      

145, 146, 155, GTV, Spider      Cinquecento, Seicento 


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