Register Login
endrop - for all your online needs
Reply
 
Thread Tools Search this Thread
Old 21-08-2013   #1
Join Date: Aug 2013
Posts: 7
Thanks: 0
Trader Rating: 0
United Kingdom 
Unhappy Leaky front shock absorber?

Hi guys,

When I got back from a short drive this morning I noticed there appeared to be a leak by the front passenger side which seems to be the shock absorber or strut.. Can you tell me what part appears to actually have the leak? I have attached a photo to this post.
Attached Thumbnails
Click image for larger version

Name:	image.jpg
Views:	55
Size:	2.48 MB
ID:	122959  
__________________
FIAT Forum Useful Links:
Donate to FF | Buy FF Merchandise | Classifieds | FF Insurance | How-to Guides


Last edited by funkymonkey; 21-08-2013 at 14:38. Reason: Wrong info regarding photo attachment
funkymonkey is offline Reply With Quote Quote 
Old 21-08-2013   #2
Join Date: Jan 2013
Posts: 1,546
Thanks: 59
Trader Rating: 0
United Kingdom 
Re: Leaky front shock absorber?

The leak would come from the damper rod seal which is at the junction where the rod goes into the shock body which is under the dust boot and further up the shock than you can see in the pic.
__________________
FIAT Forum Useful Links:
Donate to FF | Buy FF Merchandise | Classifieds | FF Insurance | How-to Guides

The Twins is offline Reply With Quote Quote 
Old 21-08-2013   #3
Join Date: Aug 2013
Posts: 7
Thanks: 0
Trader Rating: 0
United Kingdom 
Re: Leaky front shock absorber?

Ok, thanks for the reply. I guess I'll have to get it checked out by a garage when I've got a chance. Just hope it's not too costly.
__________________
FIAT Forum Useful Links:
Donate to FF | Buy FF Merchandise | Classifieds | FF Insurance | How-to Guides

funkymonkey is offline Reply With Quote Quote 
Old 21-08-2013   #4
STOP! Hammer time!
 
306maxi's Avatar
Join Date: Mar 2008
Location: The Welsh Riviera
Posts: 23,745
Thanks: 849
Trader Rating: 0
306maxi has donated!
United Kingdom 
Re: Leaky front shock absorber?

Or there could be a hole through there for drainage and that's just a bit of water dribbling down.
Likes T14086 liked this post
__________________
FIAT Forum Useful Links:
Donate to FF | Buy FF Merchandise | Classifieds | FF Insurance | How-to Guides

306maxi is offline Reply With Quote Quote 
Old 21-08-2013   #5
Join Date: Jan 2013
Posts: 1,546
Thanks: 59
Trader Rating: 0
United Kingdom 
Re: Leaky front shock absorber?

Quote Originally Posted by 306maxi View Post
Or there could be a hole through there for drainage and that's just a bit of water dribbling down.
Yep, could be that too. Dies the fluid feel greasy?
Water can find its way there from just washing the screen.
__________________
FIAT Forum Useful Links:
Donate to FF | Buy FF Merchandise | Classifieds | FF Insurance | How-to Guides

The Twins is offline Reply With Quote Quote 
Old 21-08-2013   #6
STOP! Hammer time!
 
306maxi's Avatar
Join Date: Mar 2008
Location: The Welsh Riviera
Posts: 23,745
Thanks: 849
Trader Rating: 0
306maxi has donated!
United Kingdom 
Re: Leaky front shock absorber?

Yup. A damper wouldn't usually leak like that, it would spray a mist. Not to say it couldn't leak like that, just that it usually wouldn't.
Likes bgunn liked this post
__________________
FIAT Forum Useful Links:
Donate to FF | Buy FF Merchandise | Classifieds | FF Insurance | How-to Guides

306maxi is offline Reply With Quote Quote 
Old 21-08-2013   #7
Join Date: Aug 2013
Posts: 7
Thanks: 0
Trader Rating: 0
United Kingdom 
Re: Leaky front shock absorber?

I really hope it's just water, the fluid leaking wasn't as oily as I was expecting when i investigated earlier.. Was almost like dirty water in a way. I'll check again tomorrow.
__________________
FIAT Forum Useful Links:
Donate to FF | Buy FF Merchandise | Classifieds | FF Insurance | How-to Guides

funkymonkey is offline Reply With Quote Quote 
Old 21-08-2013   #8
Join Date: Jan 2013
Posts: 1,546
Thanks: 59
Trader Rating: 0
United Kingdom 
Re: Leaky front shock absorber?

Quote Originally Posted by 306maxi View Post
Yup. A damper wouldn't usually leak like that, it would spray a mist. Not to say it couldn't leak like that, just that it usually wouldn't.
Spray mist would collect on the shock boot and then run down though and then drain as in the pic.
__________________
FIAT Forum Useful Links:
Donate to FF | Buy FF Merchandise | Classifieds | FF Insurance | How-to Guides

The Twins is offline Reply With Quote Quote 
Old 21-08-2013   #9
STOP! Hammer time!
 
306maxi's Avatar
Join Date: Mar 2008
Location: The Welsh Riviera
Posts: 23,745
Thanks: 849
Trader Rating: 0
306maxi has donated!
United Kingdom 
Re: Leaky front shock absorber?

Yeah, but if it were leaking that badly you'd notice the performance was reduced significantly.
__________________
FIAT Forum Useful Links:
Donate to FF | Buy FF Merchandise | Classifieds | FF Insurance | How-to Guides

306maxi is offline Reply With Quote Quote 
Old 22-08-2013   #10
Join Date: Aug 2013
Posts: 7
Thanks: 0
Trader Rating: 0
United Kingdom 
Re: Leaky front shock absorber?

Checked car today after 2 trips and nothing seems to be leaking nor do I notice any difference in the way it drives over bumps or rough surfaces... Hopefully that means there isn't a problem and it was just a water drainage. Will keep an eye on it though.
__________________
FIAT Forum Useful Links:
Donate to FF | Buy FF Merchandise | Classifieds | FF Insurance | How-to Guides

funkymonkey is offline Reply With Quote Quote 
Reply
Currently Active Users Viewing This Thread: 1 (0 members and 1 guests)
 
Thread Tools Search this Thread
Search this Thread:

Advanced Search

Posting Rules
You may not post new threads
You may not post replies
You may not post attachments
You may not edit your posts

BB code is On
Smilies are On
[IMG] code is On
HTML code is Off

Forum Jump
Similar Threads
Thread Thread Starter Forum Replies Last Post
(G) Rusty Front Shock Absorber Screw Threads Sam500 500 17 15-05-2014 22:13
(T) punto front shock-absorber LaimonasM Punto (Mk2/2b) 1 12-06-2011 13:57
(T) front shock absorber support bush orientation MK1 tinytim Punto (Mk1) 4 25-05-2011 12:01
(T) Help Please. MOT Failure - Front Suspension and Shock Absorber RussH Punto (Mk2/2b) 2 19-02-2009 22:49