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Tue May 31 2016, 10:36am
Joined: Apr 03 2016
Member No: #2584
Location: Kildare
Hi, recently purchased a C6 and changed the oil, oil filter, pollen & air filters over the weekend.

When underneath the car I gave it a good going over with a torch and I found my N/S Front Shock (front passenger side) is weeping a bit of fluid.

Unfortunately I don't a) have the time & b) have access to Lexia to depressurise the system so will be getting it replaced professionally. I've been asking around different Citroen dealerships in Dublin & Belfast, (unless any Irish members can point me to a Citroen independant/specialist garage that has experience of the C6), and one garage has come back to say they will only replace them in pairs.

However from my little knowledge of Citreon's system and from reading of people who have replace a shock, that the faulty one is all that needs changing?

The car is a 2008 2.7Hdi and has 121,000 miles done.

Tue May 31 2016, 12:52pm
Joined: Dec 11 2009
Member No: #21
Location: Scotland
Hi Keith, its possible to depressurise the suspension using the screws provided for that purpose on the stiffness regulators.

Very good idea to replace suspension components in pairs, both front struts (if one is worn, the other won't be far behind). However, unlike conventional dampers, the damping won't be too different between a new and old strut because this is controlled electronically and doesn't rely on a charge of high pressure gas.

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 keithc (31 May : 13:16)
Tue May 31 2016, 01:21pm
Joined: Apr 03 2016
Member No: #2584
Location: Kildare
Thanks for that. So I'll just replace the one for now and keep an eye on the other!

I've been quoted £450 from Charles Hurst in Belfast to supply and fit all the necessary bits which works out at around €590 at todays exchange rate.

One Citroen dealership in Dublin has quoted me €858 and another, which will only do it by replacing both, have quoted €1,520.

So it looks like Mr Hurst will be getting the job!
Tue May 31 2016, 01:36pm
Joined: Sep 09 2011
Member No: #614
Location: Dublin
Hi Keith,
hope your well. I use Koping Citroen on the long mile road myself as they have a very good fast parts dept, that i use a fair bit. Mainly to order in the parts that i fit or they have serviced my car at times when i could not.
Do you want me to enquire for you from the service manager how much they would charge to replace the two front struts and maybe then just the single leaking one, at least that will give you a good idea of pricing. Is it leaking very much at the moment? I replaced my leaking driver side strut last year myself and all is well still(the creaking door has gone silent), but the passenger side strut had been replaced previously and was not very old. So i have two new struts up front.

If your getting ready to go on holidays soon (i think you mentioned that in a previous post i would say you'd be ok with a single new strut in and buy the other one and put in your shed or garage for eventually replacing it later down the road. (no pun intended). The only problem i see is the supply of the struts is sometimes very slow. Some of the forum members had to wait many weeks, i myself waited four weeks for my strut from France, but i think there was a new front strut for sale on the Eurocarcare website heres the link. - Click Here -

I also have a Lexia now if you want me to have a look for any faults. Just let me know if you need any help with that. Best of luck, and really all these teething problems are fairly normal for a 2006,2007,2008, C6 to be honest. But this is just my experience of the last few years of ownership. Its all down to the general condition of the car at the those ages. My car still has about two years of replacing and upgrading mechanically and aesthetically before its a really good car, but its perfectly good for everyday use now. Enjoying it more than ever now. But it still needs a fair bit of work to be done before its a proper sublime C6.


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 keithc (31 May : 14:08)
Tue May 31 2016, 01:39pm
Joined: Apr 20 2010
Member No: #94
Location: Belfast

Hursts have looked after my C6 for the last 7 years or so and I have always been well looked after there.

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 keithc (31 May : 14:08)
Tue May 31 2016, 02:20pm
Joined: Apr 03 2016
Member No: #2584
Location: Kildare
Dave, it was Koping who told me they would only do it if replacing both! You are more than welcome to do as you suggested and see how you get on. Many thanks for your offer and also of calling to get the car scanned with your Lexia.

Good to hear you are happy with Hursts Leo. Always helps to hear that they deal with a c6 on a regular basis!

I do a bit of driving, I have the car on the road since the 13th May just gone and have just under 1,800 kms done already! I'm from a biggish family and we are spread between Donegal, Sligo, Roscommon, Galway, Tipperary and Cork!! I'm away this weekend to the TT and the following weekend I'll be in Sligo, then the Thursday after (16th June) I'm going to Macroom, Friday to Kenmare and Saturday I'll be in West Cork so I would like to get the shock changed before I do the trip to Cork/Kerry.

In August I'm going on my Hols to Shrewsbury, Birmingham, Lincoln, Skegness and on to Edinburgh, around Loch Lomond etc. and back home through Belfast so I do need to make sure it's all sorted by then.

I have to say I love driving the C6. Have not experienced anything like it before. And no matter who I bring for a spin they are always impressed by the car and it's comfort!
Tue May 31 2016, 03:16pm
Joined: Sep 09 2011
Member No: #614
Location: Dublin
Grand Keith, ill ask Paddy and see what he says.

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 keithc (31 May : 15:45)
Tue May 31 2016, 03:31pm
Joined: Feb 09 2010
Member No: #48
Location: Oxford
Had the leaking right (offside) front shock replaced January 2015, no problems with other 3 shocks since that time. My low mileage (38,000) 2006 C6 2.7HDi still rides & glides as it always has. Bought part from - Click Here - for about £80, fitted by local Oxfordshire Citroen specialists Aston Garage for £250.
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 keithc (31 May : 15:46)

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