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The front of my 159 keeps grounding out...

Hi folks,
Drove down to Dingle yesterday via Ballybunion from Limerick. Had 5 people in the car and a few things in the boot. I noticed that once the road got a bit ropey that the front of the car would bottom out from time to time...does anyone else suffer this problem?

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Drove down to Dingle yesterday via Ballybunion from Limerick. Had 5 people in the car and a few things in the boot. I noticed that once the road got a bit ropey that the front of the car would bottom out from time to time...does anyone else suffer this problem?

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Not unheard of but it was more the diesels that suffered this problem
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Yup, both our 159 do this.... It's not a nice sound is it... but to be honest, as far a I can tell, it's only the engine tray, and not the bumper or sump!! so there is no real reason to worry..
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happened to me too, 1.9 159 on the way to the WRC a few years ago. I was alone in the car, unknown bumpy road around Sligo.
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Happens in the Brera ALL THE TIME. The engine tray is worn off the poor thing.
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I read somewhere that if tyre pressures are 39psi on the front and 37psi on the rear it helps this problem...going to try it and see...will let you all know

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Changed the tyre pressures...all of the tyres were at 30psi so I put 39psi in the front and 37 in the back and it seems to have worked. Hopefully my mpg might increse too!

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I got new tyres on my 159 last Tuesday and beefed up the pressure to ~38 psi nd have noticed a slight improvement on a certain local road that the car would rub on due to some bumps & dips, and, the fact the center of the road is higher than the sides (grass growing on center)...

I wonder though at that pressure will the tyre 'balloon' such that the center will wear quicker?
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Changed the tyre pressures...all of the tyres were at 30psi so I put 39psi in the front and 37 in the back and it seems to have worked. Hopefully my mpg might increse too!

Pete

30psi is far lower a pressure than is recommended for any of the 159 wheel sizes. Running at the correct higher pressure should increase your mpg as well as your tyre life, the handling should also improve


Here's what is recommended for each size wheel.

159 05 2007 tyre preassures.JPG


Convertor from Bar to psi here
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I got new tyres on my 159 last Tuesday and beefed up the pressure to ~38 psi nd have noticed a slight improvement on a certain local road that the car would rub on due to some bumps & dips, and, the fact the center of the road is higher than the sides (grass growing on center)...

I wonder though at that pressure will the tyre 'balloon' such that the center will wear quicker?

The 19" recommendations ( average load) are ~39psi in the front & ~36psi in the rear, so you should have no major issues with increased centre wear as they aren't really over inflated.
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