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Old 5th May 2021, 20:13   #31
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Personally, Iíd either change just the rubber bushes, or insist on having the entire suspension changed. Shockers, ends, ball joints, link rods, tie rods.... everything. I donít see the point of changing individual components one by one. Once they start wearing out, itís only a matter of time when they all will need replacement. Better get everything changed in one go. Why pay labour and keep the car in the shop again and again?
It is a Safari Dicor and they changed everything except the shock absorbers. And it costs a bomb - about 27k for the front and about 8k for the rear in TASS. It has covered only 54000 km in all these years (>11).
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Nearing 2.9L kms on stock suspension (and stock clutch too) on my Verna 1.6CRDI. Not a single squeak, rattle or any other issue. Will get them changed proactively when she hits 3L on the ODO.
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Strut mounting bushes
  • visible separation of top bush when viewed from the engine bay
Shock Absorbers -
  • bottoming out,
  • oil leaks from shocks
I had experienced the above in our 7 years old 46k kms run Honda Brio. Replaced the struts with OEM parts and the front bushes (they come in a pair). Sorted now, but this is a common issue with Hatchbacks and also to the fact that when needed we stuff as many people and luggage required!
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It is a Safari Dicor and they changed everything except the shock absorbers. And it costs a bomb - about 27k for the front and about 8k for the rear in TASS. It has covered only 54000 km in all these years (>11).
The old Dicor had a very complicated suspension assembly which wasn’t the most long lasting but extremely compliant. Still, after 11 years, one can expect rubber parts to age and harden up. The costs from TASS are fairly reasonable for a car like yours. It costs less then what a new set costs for the City, and evidently lasts a good 75% longer.

Our old Scorpio 2.6DI used to have its suspensions replaced every 12-15 months (running was very high and very rough, 40-50k every year) and the costs were similar to what TASS charged you. Mind you, I am talking of 10 years ago. Rocker arms and ends would give out and the car used to loose its alignment.

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I recently got the suspensions changed on my friend's 19 year old Santro. The following symptoms made me go for it.
1. A strange noise which I can describe it as "breaking a pot with a rubber hammer", when going over potholes.
2. Extremely bad ride comfort at the rear. Almost gave me a backache within mins.
3. With the car on a service pit, I measured the gap between the coils on the rear suspension. It was accommodating two fingers. (My palm being vertical). Same in a relatively new Santro was taking in 3 fingers.

I am not sure if the 3rd point is valid technically. But I felt it was logical.
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In 2020, I shifted to Hosur (poorly-designed-speadbreaker-capital-of-the-world)
"poorly-designed-speadbreaker-capital-of-the-world" - this was hilarious! A lot of other Indian cities and towns would vie for the same title though!

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Can someone suggest what all signs I need to look our for my suspension assembly/shock absorbers/rubber mounts having given up on me? And whether 8 years is a good enough and acceptable time for the rubber mounts to become bad?
An extensive list of the signs to look out for have already been shared by other members, so I wouldn't repeat those. Here's what I suggest though:

The next time you drive your i10, think like a passenger (tough, we being petrolheads, but just for a moment ). Do you feel uncomfortable travelling in this car?

If yes, take a test drive of a relatively newer i10. Either a friend's, or you could also request the SA to let you accompany him when a relatively newer i10 checked in for service, goes out for a test drive. Does it feel better?

If yes, ask the SA to inspect the suspension set up (all four wheels) of your car, and report back to you with what he finds.

If answers to these questions were 'no', don't bother. Just ask your SA to check suspension as well, as part of the 'general checkup' during the next service. In case he finds leakages or finds any part worn out, ask him to send you pictures of those parts. Replace the worn out / damaged components. If you do, replace in sets of two (front both, rear both, or all four).

To summarize, as far as suspension is concerned, if the cars feels good, leave it alone!
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