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post #11 of 14 (permalink) Old 22nd June 2010
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Re: Fuel Tank

The item description states ''rear axle support bar''.
I've purchased from this seller before, genuine parts at discounted prices, nothing too much trouble for him
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Re: Fuel Tank

The bar is designed to give lateral (side-to-side)rigidity between each side of the rear suspension. Just because it is lightweight doesn't mean it won't have an important job to do.

Similarly my tent is held up by thin nylon ropes and guess what happens if I cut one or more of them - yes the tent goes all floppy and wobbles about and may even fall down.

If the tester was prepared to grant an MOT certificate in this case I shudder to think how many other vehicles he may have passed and their owners believing they are driving vehicles that are safe.

Personally if I was in this situation I would be seeking action from VOSA.

Now I know why drivers over here in Northern Ireland have no faith in mainland UK issued MOT certificates.
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I have now got the replacement part from my local Renault Main Dealer.
On being asked what purpose this part had the parts manager said, and I quote, "Absolutely nothing".
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Re: Fuel Tank

its purpose is to act as a crossbar to stop the bottom of the suspension from bowing out when the vehicle is under load or cornering hard, the same as boy racers do with the ones across the front strut mounts under the bonnet, it doesnt need to be very thick or over engineered, its just there so the mounts dont flex so much.
if it was missing you would eventually suffer stress fractures on the chassis weld points around the rear axle mounts (then you would be in trouble.)

(i used to have a knackered mid 80's vauxhal carlton, we loaded it up one day with about a tonne of gear and we noticed whilst driving that the front wings were pulling away from the bonnet when turning and when going over bumps/ramps. we popped open the bonnet and put weight on the front of the car and could clearly see the strut mounts flexing in and out!).....

oh and managers are there to manage people, they are rarely technicaly trained (they are just good at shouting at other people, till things get done(or the problem gives up and goes away, unhappy)), if you find one who really knows his stuff and isnt a complete **** then treasure him, he's one of a dying breed(and they really are worth thier weight in gold.) (big hi to Mark at the local dealership parts dept)

Spare parts available for 2001 Scenic 1.9Dci, 97 Lag1, 02 Lag2.
everythings gotta go....
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