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    Hi there! I am looking for a rear offside axle for my romahome c15 van, reg no N144FTR. Any help will be very much appreciated. Cheers, Conrad

    #2
    Hi Conrad.
    You can get the offside trailing arm bush replaced but if you want an axle it comes complete ( both sides). It is often cheaper to replace the axle complete from a scrap yard or a company that has refurbished it than getting the old bush replaced if you can't do it yourself. It's an internet trawling job I'm afraid.

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      #3
      Ant, could you give a ballpark figure for what is a reasonable price to pay for a complete rear axle for a C15?
      Away with the Fairies

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        #4
        I'm a bit out of touch now but while I was active refurbished axles were about £375 to £400 complete, scrappers were £75 to £100 but you need to know what you're buying to prevent swapping one dud with another! Remember you need a 765Kg axle not a 600Kg axle otherwise your C15 will drag its rear end!

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          #5
          Well I've looked and looked and I haven't found one.
          However I have come across a rear axle specialist that says on its website that it will refurbish your own rear axle within a day. It's pricey and I realise that looking at it rationally it's daft to spend that much money on an old van, but if it solves the problem it would be worth it to me. Do you have any comments on the wisdom or unwisdom of doing that, ant ?
          Away with the Fairies

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            #6
            When deciding whether or not to recommend a job being done I would try and recon how long would the work give the vehicle and whether there were any impending big jobs unrelated to the first, if the work would give the vehicle enough time for the cost to be good value I would recommend it was done. Having said that, many many times when not recommending to go ahead with work the customer would say "do it" as to get another vehicle would require a large capital outlay and while the job may not seem to be good value it gets them away again and gives time to decide which way to go long term.

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              #7
              Thank you Ant.
              Away with the Fairies

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                #8
                Just coming back on this, to report that I did go ahead and have the rear axle reconditioned by the specialist. Time will tell of course but all went to plan as promised on the tin, and the garage seemed knowledgable about C15s. I was shown two very corroded bushes which they said were probably about as bad as they can get and I certainly shouldn't have been driving around on them, which is at odds with my usual garagiste's comment that it would need doing for the test but was perfectly safe to drive. They also advised changing a wheel bearing which they said was quite bad, although again my usual garagiste hadn't picked it up a few months and very little mileage ago and I hadn't noticed any symptoms, but I asked them to do that too.

                I must admit that being so naive about mechanics and having been taken for rides in the past, I always find it hard not to wonder whether garages keep a stock of dreadfully corroded spare parts to bring out and show to gullible customers, and recommend work that doesn't need doing. But on balance, I'm prepared to have faith in this garage unless proved otherwise. Which of course means that I'm now having doubts about my usual garagiste...

                Not sure if it's etiquette to mention the specialist by name on the forum so I won't, but would be happy to share if anyone is interested.
                Away with the Fairies

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                  #9
                  Good to see the feedback. It's always nice to know the end of a story. Good for another 20 years.
                  Sesquipedalianism:-The overusage of long words.

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                    #10
                    Originally posted by Voyageuse View Post

                    Not sure if it's etiquette to mention the specialist by name on the forum so I won't, but would be happy to share if anyone is interested.
                    I personally would think it is fine to share the name of a company that has given you good service. I don't need it as I don't have a Romahome, but you will see named garages in MMM from satisfied customers.
                    Do not worry about tomorrow, tomorrow will worry about itself.

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