Posted 02-13-2001 at 15:40:32
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Nils- I've heard many scary tales about European vehicle inspections- in short they are more "money oriented shake down" than for good effect? You tell us the truth about that someday, please.
The answer you gotta work with is gonna come from your local inspection authority. You're gonna do as they say, like it or not... Inquire for technical info. early and then do your best as to repair and maintenance activity before you go in for the inspeciton.
Talking tech now... The problem you describe is common and I've seen it many times over the years. It's just part of the truck "wearing out".
Park the un-loaded (no cargo in it) truck on a level surface. Step back and look at it. Does it have any corners hanging low? It should reasonably level side to side, but might have some end to end height differences, especially if the rear springs are heavy duty option.
Check for missing, as well as broken but still stuck in place, spring leaves. If you got any, replace the spring packs on both sides right away and don't fool around with it.
If none are broken/missing, you can figger that it will start happening soon... Better to do it and avoid a hassle with the inspectors, but more importantly to avoid a break down out on the road with a heavy load at a bad time for yourself.
Replacing a spring pack is not a DIY at home job! Ask around about what repair shops in your area have a good reputation as to the repairs needed. A good & competent shop will have a lower job cost than one that isn't really into it in a big way... They'll also know the answers regds. the inspection, so your "inquery" can be somewhat discreet. But, keep in mind that they probably all hang out together at the same pub!
Good luck and I'm hoping you won't need it! IHank