Now comes the bad part, while we were returning from a trip to Patna, it was 9:30 pm and we were around 100 kms from home. It was a two lane road, and i was following a 2016 Ford Endeavour. (Please note here that i was not at all tailgating the Endeavour). There was a big stone lying on the road. (the ones which truckers put aside their truck when they are stranded). The endeavour took it between its wheels and passed with ease, and the stone was now bang infront of me. Options left to me- Either swerve to right, and hit a truck head on; Swerve to left and go inside bushes and trees; Brake hard and the Alto behind me would sure shot rear end me.
With all this going in my mind, and a fraction of second left to decide, i just cut the steering a bit, and thought to keep the stone between front left wheel and the Gear box.
Unfortunately, the stone was bigger than my assumptions, and all i could hear was a baaannnnggg. The car crossed over the stone, with a major underbody hit.
The alto behind me also hit the stone on it's front cross member.
The area was pitch dark and famous for loots, so i decided not to stop right now, and just pray to god that there is no leakage of gear oil.
After about a kilometer, stopped at a Dhaba, took out the torch and bent infront of the car.
The view was this-
Stone had hit the Front suspension Frame of the car, and had caused a bent on it.
The GB was hit, but it was hit by the edge of the stone, so no damages, just scratches.
Inspected whole underbody of the car, and found the only damage to be a bent suspension frame.
Ordered a cup of hot dhaba tea, to settle my mind. Meanwhile, the alto also stopped at the same dhaba, poor guy had a bent stabilizer bar, and cross member. He was a localite, so he had just 10 kms to go.
I started my journey at 10 pm with a heavy heart and being much more cautious. Also, keeping a very close eye on behavior and handling of the car. Couldn't find anything wrong with the car in those 100 kms.
Reached back home at 11 30 pm and parked the car, Next morning I was at MASS even before my SA
He inspected the car thoroughly and took all necessary measurements and concluded that everything is fine, just that the frame has shifted a bit from it's actual place.
He himself did some adjustments on the frame, inspected the underbody, steering, and suspension, did the alignment and concluded that the car is FIT.
I asked him about the deformed part of the frame, he assured me that it won't cause any problem. He also took a very extensive TD of the car and assured me everything is fine.
Got it washed there and came back home happily.
Though i didn't change the suspension frame, but just for records, part number and price-
Frame, Front suspension- 45810M63J10- Rs 5,114
I must say that Ritz is a very strong car, it took the heavy impact with such less damage. hats off.
The oil on the GB (in the pic below), is not due to damage, but i forgot to clean it, after the oil seal was changed.