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Old 19th July 2011, 22:32   #16
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When you brake at speeds, majority of the load component shifts on to the front wheels and will compress the springs in the front from the top (to be precise, at an angle from the top of the springs)
Now in this condition, if the front tyres start climbing a sudden bump, the springs are further compressed from the bottom side too.
Hence, this could cause some damage to the 're coil' property of the springs in the suspension. The re bounding nature may get reduced due to excessive compression from both sides of the springs.

Hope I could clarify to some extent.
Yes the strut takes a beating and secondly if the forces are too high for the strut to manage, i ll bend under the load and your car will see excessive camber which can only be corrected by strut replacement.

So as rightly pointed out, never over a speed breaker make a last ditch attempt when its unavoidable, just let it glide over it. At the most you will see a bent rim or alignment out. Mechanically the car will still be sound.
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Airguitar, here's a thread that might make you feel better : PICS of flying cars! (Wheels in the Air - Pics of flying rally cars)

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Airguitar, here's a thread that might make you feel better
. That would cheer him up for sure.

My 2 cents regarding landing, if at all one manages to make a jump at speeds on the streets: Keep the steering straight, meaning in the direction where the car is flying. If there is any direction change you have to do, do it after the landing.
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I did this once too (jumping over the speed breaker) in my Esteem and fortunately or unfortunately the front part of the exhaust (near the front wheels) scraped on the road and the car started sounding (albeit, a little) as if a free-flow was installed. Obviously I never got to repair that part of the exhaust, given the sporty note . I, however did send the car to the A.S.S for checking the entire suspension and steering assembly, was relieved to get a clean chit.

The car, even today sounds sporty!
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Recently i came across a big size speed breaker (ramp like one) in Tirupathi and could not locate due to rain and poor headlight (normally i drive in low beam inside the town). My Figo had four adults and 2 kids at the time of jump.
Luckily my presence of mind helped in not braking at that time.

My daughter sitting in the back hit the roof.
Nothing happened and no noises so far. But as said by many, I want to have an alignment checkup soon.

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Does Figo have a sump guard (engine-guard)? You could check it to know how nasty the hit was.

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My daughter sitting in the back hit the roof.
Please ask the passengers in the rear seat to wear seat belts too.
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Does Figo have a sump guard (engine-guard)? You could check it to know how nasty the hit was.

Please ask the passengers in the rear seat to wear seat belts too.
I dont think it has a sump-guard. Luckily the road was good and hence the landing (?!) was even.

Absolutely right . The seat belts are pushed inside under the rear seat after the seat covers are installed. No doubt this shows my seriousness towards safety . Will get corrected and Thanks for the advice.
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My daughter sitting in the back hit the roof.
Nothing happened and no noises so far. But as said by many, I want to have an alignment checkup soon.

Read in isolation, that statement just sounds funny!
Am sure your daughter will have serious issues with you if you have an alignment checkup done on her head!

J/K
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Read in isolation, that statement just sounds funny!
Am sure your daughter will have serious issues with you if you have an alignment checkup done on her head!

J/K
. Acutally my head needs an alignment checkup for driving without seatbelts on
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