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post #14 of (permalink) Old 29th June 2010
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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)

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