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Just purchased first Alfa a lovely little 156

The engine is low miles and it's had a gear box rebuild. I now get why people love the Alfa my god!

Anyway to point. Whilst driving I am getting a knock loudly from the front smooth roads are fine Gloucestershire are not.

I haven't really had a chance to assess tyre wear, is there any way I can inspect the shocks for wear or struts as I believe these are the culprits.

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I would suspect the upper wishbone bushes, or strut top mounts if it is like a clunk/thunk when going over potholes. Did mine and all gone.

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Congrats on the purchase! First guess for the knocking would be the ARB bushes or upper arms, how many miles has it done?
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Good shout baxter2308, always a cheaper option first.

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95k but has full Alfa history including gearbox rebuild at 35k which is low for 2001 the engine is very clean on the outside and no build of gunk on oil cap either


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I would suspect the upper wishbone bushes, or strut top mounts if it is like a clunk/thunk when going over potholes. Did mine and all gone.

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I think the lower wishbones have been re done however not sure about upper ? Is there anyway to check these things I have a couple of axel stands but no garage at the moment


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Good shout baxter2308, always a cheaper option first.

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I wish it was cheap, well the parts are cheap but the subframe has to come off to replace them. So I should be saying good shout ikomnino because you gave the cheaper fix
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I would try to jack up and put axel stands on subframe, them try and wiggle strut. But might be cheaper / easier to put through MOT. Try and find a fernickerty one. :-B

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I would try to jack up and put axel stands on subframe, them try and wiggle strut. But might be cheaper / easier to put through MOT. Try and find a fernickerty one. :-B

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That's good idea it's only done a few hundred miles since last one maybe kwik fit they look for issues

I am not too far from the specialist in lye near Stourbridge


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Get ready for a nasty surprise if it's arb bushes. The front subframe needs to come off in order to fit the bushes.
Drop links are cheapest place to start your diagnosis. Fingers crossed.

Edit: Doh someone already said this.
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Use penetrating oil on everything now. Hedges your bets. And good practice for strut pinch bolt. Also might be worth data mining febi stuff on amazon. Saves you a lot.

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Use penetrating oil on everything now. Hedges your bets. And good practice for strut pinch bolt. Also might be worth data mining febi stuff on amazon. Saves you a lot.

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I was previously a Range Rover owner for my sins. What is data mining febi stuff I know what amazon is


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Reverse search by specific manufacturer part number. Use good companies and then search for example 'febi 35544' that way you get a part Un associated with any car, and hence the price is not jacked up. Managed to get balance belt kits for jts from INA for 3.28!!!! And sold for 49.99, before they realised. :-D

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lol that's fantastic!


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Joy of restoration without time limits.

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Oh and get eLearn for 156. Very useful for torque settings, and also try ePer for part numbers. Invaluable resources.

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Letting a lot out of the bag tonight: also use Google translate and when looking for obscure parts try other ebay country sites. Have found airbag module from Italy for mine, and luckily have brother who can forward it on. Others use expensive parts, I love to upgrade as I go along. Fresh brake fluid, upgrade gearbox fluid, use neat g13 (purple) coolant, and use redex or similar for injectors. Or terraclean it. Just what I like to do. Also find metal impeller water pump if replacing with timing belt.

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I was going to ask about coolant what's the best oil for the Alfa engine


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Ask opieoils, but I found cheaper fusch oils elsewhere. Sorry if this is offensive to opieoils.

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Nother thing, alfas love metric fine tread 1.25. Awkward as..... But can get replacements either via dealer or Japanese motorbike companies. Or invest in tapping set with thread gauge to check. Also search for old cordless impact wrenches and convert from ni-cad to li-po with help from hobbyking and make sure u use high coulomb discharge rate.

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Ask opieoils, but I found cheaper fusch oils elsewhere. Sorry if this is offensive to opieoils.

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Opie oils are pretty keen on pricing.. If you find a like for like cheaper quote (including delivery etc.) they'll most often give you a code to beat the price...

For what it's worth I pretty much always go to Opie now for oil, as they're either the outright cheapest or they give me a price match.. Can't fault them for that.
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As I have implied: I'm a skinflint. Opieoils is the way to go.

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Get ready for a nasty surprise if it's arb bushes. The front subframe needs to come off in order to fit the bushes.
What do you mean? How many time should be expected to change ARB bushes, for a professional mechanic?
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4 hrs or so to change front anti roll bar bushes.
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