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#1 2019-12-19 23:47:00

Shakes
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From: Exeter
Registered: 2016-03-24
Posts: 64

Mk1 rear suspension- advice needed

I've parked Brenda up midway through her big rebuild - had a trip to me Mum's planned on Xmas eve, 100 miles away, but not now...

For a while now I've been hearing a low, rattly clunking from the rear end. No vibration or wobble, just a rumble with knocks. Sounds like my rear suspension might be developing arthritis- which at 190k isn't a surprise.

My question is, what generally goes wrong with the rear end on these vans at high mileage and what needs to be done? I already have new shocks and springs ready to fit, but could it be the case that the torsion bar set up might need work too? I haven't had the chance to get Brenda to the doctor's for an inspection yet....

Should add that when I open the back doors, stand on the rear deck and bounce the van up and down, there is a distinct creak coming from somewhere ?

Last edited by Shakes (2019-12-19 23:49:17)

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#2 2019-12-20 00:18:20

vaz2121
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From: SW. Scotland
Registered: 2015-08-31
Posts: 764

Re: Mk1 rear suspension- advice needed

The rear end on these as you have said have coil springs ..... So I'm unsure what you mean by torsion bar ..........
Age catches up with us all in different ways...........

I would be inclined to look At the rubber bushings that attach the axle to the body........
I've had a Couple of advisories on mine because they probably don't look so fresh with age but are sound and have no play .... No movement other than expected ..........

Worth investigating but I'm not sure if all I had was a creak I'd be all that worried ...........
Unless it was conected to having a heavily laden van all the time .........
If it's unladen or lightly loaded a lot you could just be inducing slightly further suspension travel.......

BTW 190k is getting there but not starship unless as I say it was fully freighted all the time or abused

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#3 2019-12-21 00:01:21

Casper
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From: East Lothian
Registered: 2015-12-20
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Re: Mk1 rear suspension- advice needed

Did the 306 not have smll springs also Vas? Im sure mine did as well as a torsion bar. Unsure of the van has one as never had the need to look

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#4 2019-12-21 02:04:32

vaz2121
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Re: Mk1 rear suspension- advice needed

Casper wrote:

Did the 306 not have smll springs also Vas? Im sure mine did as well as a torsion bar. Unsure of the van has one as never had the need to look


I don't think so.........
Now youv'e  got me thinking  I'm going to have to get it up in the air and have a look..............

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#5 2019-12-21 03:39:46

Casper
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From: East Lothian
Registered: 2015-12-20
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Re: Mk1 rear suspension- advice needed

vaz2121 wrote:
Casper wrote:

Did the 306 not have smll springs also Vas? Im sure mine did as well as a torsion bar. Unsure of the van has one as never had the need to look


I don't think so.........
Now youv'e  got me thinking  I'm going to have to get it up in the air and have a look..............

I wont link one as they are all annoying twats but look at it on youtube. The 306 has one what the neds discovered for lowering there ride man. The van does not look like it has one though unless there is a mix up in terminology.

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#6 2019-12-22 01:15:28

steve the grease
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Registered: 2018-05-20
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Re: Mk1 rear suspension- advice needed

306 is torsion bars.
The Dispatch has a beautifully simple set up. 2 coil springs, 2 shock absorbers, 2 rubber mountings and an 'axlebeam' ( or call it what you will).
The rubber mounts go and are a bast.. a bit of a job to change by all accounts. Coil springs also seem to fail depressingly often too, but at least they are fairly easy to change.
If it creaks , it's probably a spring, if it clunks over bumps its probably the bushes.

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#7 2019-12-22 01:43:02

Shakes
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From: Exeter
Registered: 2016-03-24
Posts: 64

Re: Mk1 rear suspension- advice needed

OK that'll be getting rebuilt in the new year then. Hope the springs can hold out for another few weeks....think I'll go everywhere slowly. Can't take the van off the road yet.

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#8 2019-12-26 13:16:20

kenbw2
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From: Bradford/Preston/Anywhere
Registered: 2017-11-26
Posts: 480

Re: Mk1 rear suspension- advice needed

Yea my Synergie (same base as the Dispatch) had plenty of creaks and knocks on the rear, was diagnosed as the rubber bushings on the trailing arm. Can replace the bushings but plenty of people said getting a new axle was easier  yikes


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#9 2020-01-13 11:37:57

RedSquirrel
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Registered: 2020-01-12
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Re: Mk1 rear suspension- advice needed

My Mk1 Expert clunked at the back and sagged under the load. I even got stopped as they thought it was overloaded. When I took it in for the MOT the following month, it failed because of broken springs. Two new springs and it was like a new van.

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