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Re: Opps.... I clipped a kerb in my new(ish) Laggy2

I have since had the car inspected by (Local Preferred Garage.)

Who can confirm the steering rack has not been fitted correctly there is a clear 10mm difference between the two bolts that hold the rack to the subframe (which should be identical, if levered the rack can clearly be seen to move on the subframe, so when being driven the rack is constantly shifting on the frame and is liable to fail.)

There are marks at the connection point of the rack and column that show where the column should have been fitted onto the rack and the rubber gasket that seals the column as it goes through the firewall is clearly not fitted correctly (as it is pushed out of position by the universal joint on the end.)

There are brake pipes and ABS cables that are hanging loose above and around the steering rack, when they should be fitted under it on the rail clips. They are also draped across the lower rear engine mount and are constantly rubbing on it.
(MOT fail!)
The ABS electronics cables running across the bottom of the engine bay are also unsecured and liable to disconnection at any time.

The removable plugin clips that hold the scuttle panel in were replaced with non removable plastic rivits! (which I have had to remove and replace with the correct removable Renault clips)
The top of NSF inner splash guard had been gouged by the tyre in the accident and the plastic clips that hold it to the inner wing were sheared off, they have not been replaced! So the splash guard is loose.

Across the entire underside of the car a number of rubber/plastic plugs have been removed (for no understandable reason, as they are all weather proofing plugs to keep the box section of the chassis dry) cursory look shows at least 10+ plugs missing
(I checked with the Renault dealership in the City they are priced at £4+ to replace each) these plugs were all in place when the car was having the suspension and clutch replaced by (my fav' garage) and were on the car prior to and after the accident. (i didnt leave any parts on the dual carrageway, i should know walked with the police back to the point of impact!)

Rear axle bush has been inspected and is showing signs of damage. The rubber core is splitting from the casing (an MOT fail!) the garage was advised by me at the time that it would need replacing. These were fitted new in July/August.

It is also suspected that the rear gas shock is also faulty, a visual check did not show any damage such as bent shaft and a compression check whilst on the car wont show a fault, but the failure wont show up except if tested on specialist test equipment or as abnormal wear pattern on the rear tyres and since I havenít done enough mileage it is very difficult to ascertain if or when it will fail. (The garage was advised at the time that it would need replacing due to hidden internal damage)

The rear springs are also making abnormal noises when the weight of the car is loaded on them when being lowered on a 2 post ramp, Iím not sure if the spring end rubbers are still fitted???

HEY (Former NORfolk's MAIN INSURANCE CO' with the stupid Funny American NAME)

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