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Cracked my sump on Speedhump

Cracked my sump on a speedhump wasn't even going that quick what a muppet. It did have some raised ironwork on it, which I'll be telling the council about.
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Yikes. Clashed myself before now but fortunately no damage as far as I know
(desperately tries to recall if it has been since I change the oil) :worried:
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Raised ironwork? WTF?

Are you sure you were going too rapidly?

More reason to switch to an SUV.
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I'm still trying to figure it out, it wasn't that high either, and my 145 is standard not lowered,
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Aah. Only a **** would install a bump over and inspection hole like that. Morons.
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I detest speed humps.....and if they really need to install them,make them the full width of the road ...less chance of this happening !!!
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Cracked my sump on a speedhump wasn't even going that quick what a muppet. It did have some raised ironwork on it, which I'll be telling the council about.
Where exactly is it? My new BRZ is frigging low!!
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Now THAT is mad. You can't have metal in the middle of a speed bump!

Why don't they go the whole hog and install a road-wide pit with spikes and snakes in it, spanned only by two foot-wide beams that you have to navigate to cross?


On a less ranty note: The reason why they do the bumps like this, with a raised middle bump flanked by flat roadway is to allow emergency vehicles to pass through without having to slow down after it was shown that emergency vehicles were being slowed down, sometimes with fatal consequences, by speed bumps in residential areas. Sometimes they do one bump per lane, but sometimes they employ a better system of leaving a flat area in the middle of each lane, so an emergency vehicle can pass through unhindered by moving to the middle of the roadway.
Regardless, I try to never straddle these kinds of bumps. I make sure at least one wheel crosses the high point of a bump, to be sure that the sump or exhaust system isn't anywhere near touching the ground. Sometimes easier said than done, if traffic is heavy or at night in an unfamiliar area.
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In South Africa, legal precedent has been set, and subsequently been used many times, for people suing the government authority in charge of maintaining a road if a bad design or inadequate maintenance of the road causes damage beyond general wear and tear to their vehicles. It's mostly used for claiming in cases of tyre and wheel damage from potholes. Also, for medical costs and other damages from accidents resulting from the aforementioned bad design or bad maintenance.

I have no idea whether this is the case in the UK too, but well worth finding out. You can't have raised metal in the middle of a roadway!
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From the gouges on the hump and ironwork, it looks like you're not the first to fall foul of that moronic installation either duemila!!
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I detest speed humps.....and if they really need to install them,make them the full width of the road ...less chance of this happening !!!
Agreed. I read the pillow type hump is as such to allow wider emergency vehicles (Ambulances and Fire Engines) to pass over without incident. Thing is often they can't. I'm convinced they make the suspension and tracking problems on my cars worse. It is impossible to avoid them to get home
Much prefer the full width ones because everybody slows for them.
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Regardless, I try to never straddle these kinds of bumps. I make sure at least one wheel crosses the high point of a bump, to be sure that the sump or exhaust system isn't anywhere near touching the ground. Sometimes easier said than done, if traffic is heavy or at night in an unfamiliar area.
Me too but I do it to avoid scrubbing the inside of the tyres on the shoulder of the hump. If the tyre is running on the cross slope then the part at the bottom of the slope wants to travel further than the edge further up the slope for any given angular rotation of the wheel. Clearly this is not possible hence something must give and the tyre gets scrubbed.
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Speed-bumps aren't just inconvenient and unnecessary, they are also dangerous.
On a couple of occasions, due to poor markings (and on unfamiliar roads), I've caused the occupants in the back to experience zero gravity whilst driving over the stupid things (the bumps, not the people in the back ). One of those patients was gravely ill and the Paramedic in the back was stood up, administering aid/drugs. Luckily, no-one was hurt.

Actually, the more I think about it: why would you need a speed-bump at a Pelican crossing on a main road anyway?

On the flip side, I've also had people in the back that were't necessarily emergencies, but suffer chronic, painful conditions where a gentle, smooth ride is required. You can guarantee that they live on an estate, liberally sprinkled with unnecessary bumps, causing me to drive at 1mph to minimise the inevitable cries of pain.


And don't even get me started on rumble strips.
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Lying in the back of an ambulance in Jan 2000 with a displaced femoral neck fracture, sucking hard on a N2O mask and floating 2ft above my body as we approached the Princess Alexandra A&E dept, I heard my Paramedic companion shout through to the driver: 'lucky he's out for the count with all these new speed bumps'. As we hit them full-tilt, a blood-curdling scream came out of my mouth which made him jump somewhat. I did apologise, but he was very gracious about it.
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I said above I prefer the full width ones. Not entirely true, if they must monitor speed rather than active speed control (speed bumps) I prefer passive (camera) if it's a necessity.
I'm sure where I live every single ****ing road that leads to home does not need speed bumps.
It was something I considered when I bought the house but the location preceeded over my sanity.
I now realise I detest the ****ing things.
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So this is the resulting damage a bolt has been sheared off and crack in sump, luckily I'm near Sunnyside garage who is trying to get me a sump, the contractor is still denying negligence even though since the Speed bump has been totally recovered and now the inspection covers are perfectly flush.
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Flush inspection covers are still a menace on a bump like that. On a full-width bump it could still be acceptable, as there is very little, if any, risk that a car would bottom out on a full-width bump.
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So this is the resulting damage a bolt has been sheared off and crack in sump, luckily I'm near Sunnyside garage who is trying to get me a sump, the contractor is still denying negligence even though since the Speed bump has been totally recovered and now the inspection covers are perfectly flush.
Have you been back to the spot and taken measurements? Even with the ironworks, it sounds like the approach angle could be outside of regs.

Contest it all the way mate...and good luck
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