Date registered: Mar 2005
Vehicle: W210 E-230 '96
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Spring top mount failure
Today, 7th Aug '05, at about 2.30p.m. something that I can never forget in my life, happened. The front left spring mounting of my car failed.
I was driving the car with my & kids inside, back from a friend's house, about 35miles away. I couldn't drive fast because of heavy traffic but still doing about 25 mph. It was a rather straight stretch of road in front of me.
All of the sudden, I heard this very loud thump and klank and klunk from underneath my car. At the moment I could not feel any lost of control of the car but through the rear view mirror, could see an object that looks like a car spring. I was in total shock at that moment but somehow managed to drive to safety to the side of the road. I turned to my family to ensure that everyone's OK. When I got down, I noticed that the front end of the car is sort of lowered. There were no movement when I tried to push the front end up and down. It seems obvious that the suspension has given way. I really didn't know what to do that moment. It was a very hot and humid weather. The family's in the car. From the indicator inside the car I can see that it's 40 deg Celcius. My youngest kid, 9 mths, is starting to cry. My wife, being the most wonderful person, managed to calmed all the kids down. I tried to call a tow service, but I think it's almost impossible...especially on a Sunday afternoon. Anyway, almost an hour later I managed to contact a very close friend who happens to have a tow-truck. I was in luck. He's around today. He said that he'll pick the car up as soon as he can. I was very happy, really happy, not only for the car but also to God who has protected everyone. No one was hurt, only shaken by that incident. I'm shaken since I have never had this kind of experience in my whole life before. I'm really greatful to Him. Thank you oh Almighty. Ameen.
I just want to share this bad experience with everyone in the forum. I've read a lot of posts on the problem, but did not expect it to happen to me. Finally it did. I really know now, how terrifying it could have been to those who has been through it. Thank you in advance to all of you who is reading this post. Thank you.