I've just completed my NCT (Irish equivalent to MOT), and my 2001 Alfa 147 (105k miles) didn't fare too well.
Although I have had the 'knocking' noise from front passenger side for a couple of years now, I have done nothing about it.
However now, the following has failed during NCT, however nothing on front passenger side:
- on both sides of rear - axle and wishbone bushes worn.
- swinging arm worn on front drivers side
I know that the original Alfa 147 had crap rubber bushes that wore out very quickly, leading to the knocking noises I and many others have experienced.
Is PolyUrethene bushes the only alternative or are there several types of rubber bushes, some better than others? I know SEARS is one person who sells them here onsite.
Are the PU bushes much more expensive or similar in price?
I will get a local mechanic to repair, only have <4weeks prior to retest.
If changing swinging arm on drivers side front, am I as well to get further work (e.g. change bushes on one side or both sides of front suspension) at same time, or is this a substantial increase in volume of work required (and hence cost)?
If not a substantial costs increase, it would mean a full overhaul of suspension, so should keep me on the road for quite a while!!
I would appreciate any help, as know next to nothing about car suspension, and what work is entailed in replacing any one particular part etc.