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Is this important?

On my wife's Scenic there is (was) a bar across the chassis just in front of the rear suspension. Sadly all of it has gone, apart from a couple of rusty stubs at each end.

(Here's a pic of it on a friend's car.)

Does anyone know if it's important? Is it a common failure? And what's it called so I can order a replacement?

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Re: Is this important?

It looks important to me. Seems its some kind of chassis cross rail / underfloorbrace. Without it the rear part of the body will be flexing more as you go over bumps and around corners. Could also compromise body strength in the event of a shunt. I would expect the main dealers to be able to supply one especially as it appears to be a bolt-on part. Otherwise perhaps consult a company that supplies body panels etc.

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Re: Is this important?

May or may not be an MOT failure depending on the tester...well that's the findings of other forum members.

Yes it's a common problem, the good news is the part is cheap and easy to fit. (Loads on ebay )

Known as a rear cross member or sway bar.

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Re: Is this important?

Sounds like an MOT fail to me.
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Re: Is this important?

It may look important, however, even if rusted through, apparently will still pass an MOT.
Easy job, just a 19mm Socket. When I did one years ago 17.
Off to do a search as I posted the part Number at the time.

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