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Join Date: May 2009
Location: United Kingdom
Rear transverse arm failed and flat tyre - very odd.
My son and wife were driving home last night at about 45mph driving in a straight line on good quality town dual carriage way. First thing my son noticed was car feeling odd at the rear just like a flat tyre. Sure enough off side rear flat. Pulled around the corner and changed the tyre.
Now the odd bit. They pulled away and clunking from the rear with the steering still feeling a bit odd. A look around and under the car and they couldn't see anything wrong (it was dark) so eventually recovered home by the AA. (For some reason the AA man was really surprised they didn't want the car towed to a garage and that "dad would fix it" seemed even more strange to him.)
A look underneath this morning (I was working last night - damned cold) and it is similar to what I expected; (failed transverse arm) rear nearside transverse arm bush wheel end has pulled clean out of its housing. The rubber looks in good condition but the bonding between rubber and outer steel bush has completely let go. Dammed good job it didn't happen at speed.
Now here is the good news. All the bolts were undone and arm removed it 45 mins and that is time from opening the garage door to get tools out to shutting the garage door. No seized bolts at all.
Looking at the arm it looks quite new and together with lack of seized bolts I can only assume someone has previously fitted a cheap arm and this is the result. Bloody dangerous it could have been because the arm failing this way allows the rear wheel to steer through some large angles!
I have tried to upload a picture of the failed arm but that always beats me!
4x new transverse arms are on order. I don't want my son, wife or daughter driving this car if the remaining arms are about to fail.
Question: is the flat tyre (off side) and failed arm (nearside) related - it seems they must be but......? If they are why?
Last edited by kandlbarrett; 18-11-12 at 18:07.