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Discussion Forums => General Discussion => Topic started by: hotani on December 05, 2007, 01:08:58 AM

Title: Welp. I am on a ROLL!! First I banged up the Speed6, now............
Post by: hotani on December 05, 2007, 01:08:58 AM
bottomed out going over a large speed bump/pedestrian crossing launch ramp and popped a nice sized hole in the oil pan. I wasn't trying to go Dukes of Hazard or anything.

I'm driving along, la-la-la, hit the frontside of the bump with no problem. But on the downside the car hit hard and bounced like it had been dropped from about three feet up. Maybe 500 feet after that the oil light came on so I shut 'er down and pulled to the side. I had the car towed to Autobahn so I'll find out tomorrow the full extent of the damage.

I think I'll just ride the bus for a while. :(
Title: Re: Welp. I am on a ROLL!! First I banged up the Speed6, now............
Post by: jayryan on December 05, 2007, 08:16:23 AM
I did that right after I bought my car...tore up the belly pan and knocked my lower bumper piece out of whack. Everything else was okay.

Not sure why they hide dips in the road...not cool
Title: Re: Welp. I am on a ROLL!! First I banged up the Speed6, now............
Post by: hotani on December 05, 2007, 09:29:55 AM
Yeah I went by there this morning and that spot has some serious scarring - as in: it gets hit all the frikkin' time.
Title: Re: Welp. I am on a ROLL!! First I banged up the Speed6, now............
Post by: 03Indigo on December 05, 2007, 05:59:14 PM
oh man Charles....that just sucks a monkey's butt.

Hope the damage is not horrible...at least you shut it down right away, avoiding any other engine damage.

What about the bump stops on the front suspension?  are they not that good so the car bottomed out that much?  Did you do any damage to the coilovers?  Valving, leaking, etc?
Title: Re: Welp. I am on a ROLL!! First I banged up the Speed6, now............
Post by: hotani on December 05, 2007, 07:58:04 PM
I did not see any damage to the shocks, but it was dark and I was focused on the gaping hole in the oil pan... Hopefully that is the only damage. I came off the hump faster than I should have, but it is not exactly built for cars to drive over! The numerous marks on the pavement right where I hit indicate this is a very common spot to bottom out.
Title: Re: Welp. I am on a ROLL!! First I banged up the Speed6, now............
Post by: hotani on December 08, 2007, 04:01:59 PM
I think i figured out what happened. Because of the width of the speed bump, the front suspension had time to fully compress when it was on top. By the time it had fully uncompressed, the wheels were off the bump and the drop was about 2x harder than it would have been normally. Basically the wheels rolled off bump while the car was at its highest point. Result: hard landing and a busted oil pan. :(

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