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Re: New 1998 156 v6: What should I look out for?
156 V6 things to look out for:
1: Top wishbone ball joints and bushes worn out/knocking.
2: Lower wishbone ball joints and bushes worn out/knocking causing wandering steering and excess wear on the inside or the tyre.
3: Worn shocks causing knocking when braking or accelerating.
4: CV joints knocking when turning.
5: Anti Roll Bar drop Links, just knock when you breath in and out.
6: Rear Tie Rod bush worn, rear end wandering.
7: Rear Hub bush worn, knocking from rear when braking.
8: Rear suspension arm bushes worn, again the steering wanders.
9: Hand brake cables corroding and sticking in the ON position, cooking the brakes and wheel bearings.
10: Lacking performance/injector light, normally a faulty coil pack, they crack and the spark shorts to the block.
11: Front right engine mount, they have a bad habit of colapsing (best to modify a gearbox mount to fit there).
12: Rear light perminantly on (even with the key out) AND light out warning, faulty rev counter circuitry, replace the rev counter and all will be sound.
13: Airbag light on, normally the connections under the front seats need tweaking, you'll have to get it reset with the laptop though.
14: Not reaching 90'C within 5 minutes of running, faulty thermostat (stuck open).
15: Always running over 95'C, Faulty radiator (corroded out).
16: Rising over 100'C before droping or cuting out, Faulty low speed fan resistors (rotted away)
17: Remove the front wheel arch liners and look for rust holes, the inner arches have a water trap behind them and rot out after about 8 years.
Last edited by Smaky; 20-10-08 at 09:49.