Rear axle in Peugeot 206 – the most common issues

Peugeot 206 is produced by the French manufacturer from May 1998 and it is the best-selling Peugeot model of all time. The original design and good technical indicators allowed this car to become one of the most liked car in Europe. 

 

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One of Peugeot’s most popular model
Symptoms of failing trailing arm bearings
Is it safe to drive with a failed rear axle?
The refurbishing process of rear axle in Peugeot 206
Symptoms of rear axle failure
Shock absorbers
Axle disassembly

One of Peugeot’s most popular model 

Like in the case of any other cars, there are some disadvantages as well. The rear suspension is one of the most common problems in 206. The type of rear axle in Peugeot is very comfortable but needs regular maintenance. The periodic maintenance parts such as bearings and seals help to keep your axle in good condition for much longer and protect from serious damage. Even the rear axle needs to be replaced it is not a big problem but technical knowledge and special tools are required. In view of the complexity of rear axle system and so many components used in manufacturing, a specialized workshop is recommended. The popularity of Peugeot 206 and very common issues with the suspension, made rear axle reconditioning our number one. The best possible quality is our priority and a strong corporate value. We have over twenty years’ experience. It helps to make quality products and services. 

Symptoms of failing trailing arm bearings 

The main factors causing wear or damage to the rear axle are moisture, rust and as well as high mileage. The bearing wear in a trailing arm is hard to predict. Regular maintenance and replacing the seals is sufficient. Due to a lack of regular maintenance and neglecting the first symptoms, the consequences can be very serious and further repair may be expanded. Only early defect detection allows quick and easy repair. It is very important to pay attention to any disturbing signs such as clicking, squeaking or knocking noise.   

Is it safe to drive with a failed rear axle? 

The first symptoms of rear axle failure are very often neglected. Ignoring these problems only makes things worse. Small initial signs can grow into significant issues. With the passing of time, single-clicking or knocking can turn into excessive play in the rear suspension. The trailing arm plays cause issues with vehicle handling, comfort, and safety. Also, a broken or damaged torsion bar makes the car unsafe to drive. 

The refurbishing process of rear axle in Peugeot 206 

The professional rear axle refurbishment is a complex process, so technical knowledge and experience are essential. The old axle is dismantled into component parts and it is shot blasted to remove any rust and dirt. The trailing arms and centre tube are inspected for any deformation and dimension deviations. The trailing arm bearing surfaces are regenerated. We install new axle shafts and we check the axial runout. We pay close attention to assemble high quality bearings and seals. Special anti-corrosive paint is used to protect components from corrosion. Our quality control department ensures that every remanufactured axle meets technical requirements. With more than 20 years of experience, we are able to offer 2 years warranty on all our axles without a mileage limit.  

Symptoms of rear axle failure 

The torsion-beam axle is a type of rear suspension used in many French cars such as Citroen Berlingo, Peugeot Partner, Peugeot 206, Peugeot 106, Citroen Xsara, Citroen Saxo. Worn trailing arm bearings cause all kinds of clonking noises when going over bumps. Another sign of rear axle failure is excessive wheel play, negative wheel camber or incorrect ride height. A damaged rear axle can also affect your car handling. Constant fight with the steering wheel or annoying pulling, it may be the next symptom. Any observed failure requires immediate repair. A damaged seal may cause excessive wear of shaft and bearing. If this condition is neglected it can cause further trailing arm damage. 

Shock absorbers 

It is worth mentioning that shock absorber plays an important part in the suspension. The most common defects of shocks are break of rod seal, wear of the valve assembly or piston, degradation of the shock absorber fluid or absence of gas. Shock absorbers are part of the suspension, so if the shocks are worn, the vehicle’s ride and comfort is compromised and wear of the other components is increased.  

Axle disassembly 

To best diagnose an axle problem, it is always a road test of vehicle recommended. Listening to some disturbing noises is significant. Clunking noises are annoying and potentially dangerous. It should always be investigated. It happens that the noise coming on at low speed only. Therefore, dismantling a rear axle into components allows us to state wear of every single part. 

 

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