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Alfa GT failed NCT(MOT)- new shocks fitted - still failing

Hi everyone,

Unfortuantely this is my first post with a sorry sorry tale which I also posted some time back on another Irish forum if anybody recognises the story.

I bought a 2005 GT 2.0L JTS 30000 miles on the clock last year. Got the NCT(MOT) done in Jan of this year and it failed on suspension imbalance on driver side front and passenger side rear.

Brought it to a non alfa specialist back street mechanic (who has a good rep) who fitted new generic front shocks and alfa rear shocks.

Got it retested and front passed, although with an imbalance of 8% still there.

The rear failed however with an imbalance still over 30%. The mechanic got back on to alfa who would only supply him with one replacement shock which went into the car. He had it tested on a suspension test machine and it passed. However for some reason he had it retested before giving the car back to me and it failed!!

He then proceeded to swap the two rear shocks around and supposedly the fault swapped sides. This, to my less than mechanical mind and to the mechanic, said that there was still a faulty shock on board.

He got back on to alfa who have recently supplied two new rear shocks. The car was being tested yesterday on the suspension tester (not at a NCT/MOT centre) but I haven't heard back from the mechanic yet which cannot be a good sign. He also thinks that the imbalance in the front my have reappeared!

To compund matters the test machine was deemed out of spec lately and had to be recalibrared.....or so I'm being told.

I got talking to the famous Gerry Campbell (independent alfa guru, Dublin) and he has recommended having the car put through the NCT/MOT asap and to show him the read out.

The mechanic currently looking after the car ensures me that there is nothing else that he can find wrong with the car. He says there is no play in any of the other components of the front/rear suspension.

I did however over the colder months of the winter have the famous creaking/squeaking sound from the front right of the car and I think from somewhere in the back but would the bushes cause such a large imbalance in the suspension??

So I really dont know how to play this.....I havent paid the current mechanic any money yet but he has put a lot of time into the car so far and 7!!! shocks in total.

I obviously need an experts second opinion on this and that is also gonna cost me labour but now I have very little choice considering the current mechanic is saying that he cant find anything wrong with it!

I have suggested bushes to him but he says they are fine and he changed the mounts on the rear to no avail and tyre pressures were also checked.

Apologies for the long winded post....but its a long and sorry story.

Thanks in advance for any replies/ ideas/ suggestions.

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Possibly the rear top mount bush for the shock is damaged on 1 side. But is there another test station you could go to in light of this calibration problem?
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