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Grounding 156


I don't mind the undertray grounding but my 156 (2001 2.0 TS) is grinding its way through the pre cats at the front of the exhaust. The suspension feels firm but it will bottom out at the slightest undulation.
Takes the fun out of giving it wellie.
I will measure the ride height at the weekend, it looks ok though.
Any ideas for a wear plate on the exhaust.
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Re: Grounding 156

sound sto me like the springs are gone soft or the dampers are worn out.

what mileage is on the clock?

what spec is the car SportPack or standard suspension

std susp should measure 690mm from the ground to the centre of the wheel arches ....the back might be lower a bit due to fuel tank been full
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Re: Grounding 156

Hi Service Enginee
I have 56000 on th clock, suspension is standard, but the ride height to centre of arches on the front is only 675, the shocks are fairly solid so maybe the springs are shot, rear height is 690. Hey Ho back to the wallet.
Thanks for the reply have a good christmas.
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Re: Grounding 156

The ride hieght of a car varies on so many things that a set figure CAN NOT be placed on it.

Things that affect the ride hieght:

Tyre tread wear / inflation.

Wheel size.

Trim level / equipment wieght (the spec).

Fuel, oil and other liquid quantities wieght.

Engine type.

Suspension pack fitted.

Wear in the bushes on the suspension.

Ageing springs/dampers/spirng boots.

Sportswagon or Saloon.


To be honest I don't think you car has a problem, and it certainly isn't grinding its way through the precats, probably the flexijoint if the engines droped, but most people bin the undertray, they deform from the heat and bow down and rub, they serve no purpose and only hide oil leaks to keep your drive clean. But do make sure the engine mounts haven't sunk, especially the front right one, you should be able to get your hand comfortably down the side of the engine, if you can't then it's going to be £30 to replace the mount.
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