One of the joys of being owned by a 20 year old motor car is the rarity factor. There just aren’t that many of them around. The obvious downside is all the components are 20 years old.
I had a McPherson strut collapse on me on Thursday. Now while some would see that as unlucky, I was less than a mile from home, and travelling around 20mph. Had I been on a motorway doing 70mph, the result could have been horrific. I see how lucky I have been.
Personally I blame the proliferation of speed bumps around our town. These are deemed necessary because of the number of idiots who fail to grasp the reason for speed limits in built up areas.
I’m quite concerned about the rapid deterioration of the strut. These were examined in August as part of the MOT test. My testing station of choice always do a very thorough test, and I had taken a good look over the car before the test too.
I will be replacing both struts on that axle, because I don’t believe in doing half a job. I will also be examining the remaining stuts, and those will be replaced too, if they show any signs of impending failure.
So, once I had dis-membered and rebuilt the back brakes on the car, ordered up the parts I will need, cut the grass, and played with the dog – there was neither the time, nor the inclination to do any turning.
Next weekend will see the car being repaired, so no turning will be done then either.
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