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William123
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« on: April 06, 2012, 02:59:05 pm »

Hi there, my 1998 2.2 Espace has just failed the MOT with a corroded lower front cross member  Shocked, is this part welded or bolted ? thanks in advance, Bill.  Smiley
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BrianM
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« Reply #1 on: April 06, 2012, 03:24:34 pm »

They are bolted, Is this the on that holds the radiators in place? Never heard of a rusty suspension crossmember on the Espace
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William123
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« Reply #2 on: April 06, 2012, 06:56:21 pm »

Hi brianM, its rotten as a pear  Shocked, must be the sea air down here.  Smiley Any ideas where I can get replacement ?
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BrianM
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« Reply #3 on: April 06, 2012, 09:30:59 pm »

I'm on the south coast & find the cars from up north are worse as they have salt on the roads more during the winter!
I would check out the local breakers. They can be a bitch to get out as the nuts in the chassis will have corroded. You will have to get a spanner on them. They have cage nuts which helps with manufacture but not for us when you want to get them out! Its not a major job, but give yourself a weekend if you do it yourself.
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William123
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« Reply #4 on: April 06, 2012, 10:00:57 pm »

Located a secondhand one at the local breakers, going to have a look in the morning, Happy Easter !  Smiley
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William123
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« Reply #5 on: April 07, 2012, 11:57:10 am »

Located a secondhand one at the local breakers, going to have a look in the morning, Happy Easter !  Smiley

Just got back from breakers, their cross member was just as bad as mine, wonder if I could bolt a piece of channel instead of original cross member ?  Roll Eyes
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William123
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« Reply #6 on: April 07, 2012, 02:41:32 pm »

Hi, took the rusty cross member off, do you think this would buff out Huh  Smiley
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BrianM
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« Reply #7 on: April 07, 2012, 03:51:10 pm »

You could try a bit of gaffer tape Roll Eyes
So it is the radiator cross member, yes the do rust but I have never seen one as bad as yours!
Guess it will be an ebay job then.
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William123
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« Reply #8 on: April 08, 2012, 02:12:34 pm »

No go on web/Ebay, so going to make one out of loo roll and sticky backed plastic.   Wink MOT man said it was part of the suspension ?
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age9000
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« Reply #9 on: April 08, 2012, 10:37:37 pm »

is this one any good ?

http://www.ebay.co.uk/itm/RENAULT-ESPACE-FRONT-CROSS-MEMBER-BUMPER-BAR-97-02-/220810674144?pt=UK_CarsParts_Vehicles_CarParts_SM&hash=item3369577fe0

says cross member in listing but dont know if same part you need

or

http://www.ebay.co.uk/itm/renault-grand-espace-2-2-dci-2001-breaking-front-cross-member-/170811620743?pt=UK_CarsParts_Vehicles_CarParts_SM&hash=item27c52a7d87

listing has ended, but no one bid, so may stilll be available
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William123
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« Reply #10 on: April 09, 2012, 12:21:08 pm »

Hi age9000, thanks for the info, but the " bumper bar" is the wrong part and the 2.2Dci is too new to fit  Cry. There was a "front cross member" on Ebay but it was the slam panel that carries the bonnet catch etc. So no joy there. I have decided to make my own out of 3mm plate and a bit of box section to stiffen it up. It does not do a great deal as the rads are fixed at the top and this part just locates the 2 bottom lugs. It odd that Matra galvanised the chassis legs which are in perfect condition and not the cross member which as you can see is a bit rotten  Shocked .
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BrianM
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« Reply #11 on: April 09, 2012, 02:28:16 pm »

Just look for anyone with spares for your model & message them, it's what I do!
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William123
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« Reply #12 on: April 12, 2012, 11:12:32 am »

Cross member made and fitted, used a piece of 150mmx3mm plate and  some 30x30 box to give it some rigidity, all bolted up to original captive nuts, not beautiful but strong.   Smiley Smiley
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