im not sure what you call them in the US but what i mean is those very annoying bumps placed over the road to slow people down.
i presonally drive over them very slowly but i noticed, accidentally, that my car actually goes over them at decent speed pretty ok. is it bad for the car to go over them faster than snails pace or doesnt it actually affect much?
i think it depends on the size of the bump. the one thing you just dont want to do is be applying the brakes while going over them. Since when you hit the brakes, your nose begins to go down and the shocks get charged. if you go over the bump while the shocks are already in, there wont be any more shock to absorb the bum and can cause damage. I just always go pretty slow.
+1 +2 +3 for what torque said, plus if you botom out, you'll nail things like your oil pan, transmission sump, frame, etc etc.
Any sharp jolt or jaring of the car will contribute to it's wear, and the more you can avoid those, the longer it will last. Brake pads and rotors are meant to be easially replaceable, suspension components are a bitch and can get expensive the more the entire care gets worn out.
The more you treat your car like a bigass SUV, the more it will drive LIKE an SUV... all wobbaly and loose.
(yes, we call em speed bumps, buy I personally like to call them 'my older sister')
on e36's isnt there a metal bar protecting the oil pan? at some stage im guessing it was blue, now its kinda corroded.
sort-of, the engine's crossmember is infront of the pan, but sinc ethe car is moving over a bump, the car will come crashing down onto the framerails or the oilpan\transmission sumps.
There is another crossbar to provide some rigiity, but that dosn't protect much at all.
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