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Autodata Technical Issue 44 - Creaking noise from front suspension on 2010 Citroen C3 III

Autodata Technical Issue 44 - Creaking noise from front suspension on 2010 Citroen C3 III

31 August 2021

Each month the Autodata team answers a common technical question and provides a printable document with technical diagrams to download and keep, exclusively for IGA members.

Q. A customer’s 2010 Citroen C3 III has a creaking noise from the front suspension when manoeuvring or parking. We have heard the noise on road test but have been unsuccessful in recreating the noise in the workshop. We have checked the front suspension joints and mountings but cannot find the source of the fault. Have you come across this creaking noise before?

A. Yes, we have seen some C3 III models with a creaking noise from the front suspension and it was due to excessive friction between the front suspension strut upper mounting and the shock absorber bump stop. Remove the front suspension strut. Disassemble the suspension strut and remove the spring. Apply a light coating of TOTAL N4128 grease, available from Citroen parts department, to the area indicated (fig. 1.1.).

Apply a light coating of TOTAL MARSON SY2 grease, available from Citroen parts department, to the area indicated (fig. 1.2.). Reassemble the suspension strut and refit. Repeat the procedure for the opposite side. Carry out road test to ensure fault has been rectified.

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