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Got a clonking sound when i go over bumps. Took it to the Alfa specialist who changed a suspension arm but no change. All of the suspension was checked and nothing was found, all as tight as a drum!

Took the car to my old garage who looked at it and blamed the steering rack. Is this likely to be the case? The clonking only happens over bumps and not whilst steering...there is also no play whatsoever in the steering.

The garage have said that the whole steering rack needs to be changed, as apparently Alfa don't do just the bushes, (a big job i imagine?) but i saw an advert somewhere on the web saying that they make bushes for steering racks.

Anyone had similar issues or know of a fix for this annoying problem?

It's a 156 JTD (115 bhp)

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If they've only changed one arm, most probably there's another part playing up.

It can be top or bottom arms, antirollbar, antirollbar links and track rod ends...
All of which are known to create this noises.

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Which garage did you take it to?
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It's more likely to be the antiroll bar .. there aren't any bushes on the steering rack .. so first thing ... find a garage that know what they are talking about.

To change the a/r bar, you have to drop the subframe so it's fairly complex.

You can't buy a/r bar bushes from Alfa separately .. you get the bar complete with bushes. You can buy bushes separately from people like powerflex/superflex.

But try a "search" to see what others have done ..
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To be honest that's what i thought, but both have been changed recently according to the car's history. The car has had all parts of the suspension checked on a couple of occasions; don't know too much about how it all works, are all of the parts you mentioned suspension bits?
Do you reckon that they're totally wrong about the steering rack?

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If you have play in the steering rack you should be able to hear it by turning the steering while the car is stopped.

Though steering rack can create play, you shouldn't hear it only over speed bumps.
So, I believe you have play in the suspension.

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Took it to Alfatec in Whitley Bay first because they're supposed to be the local specialists?

Then took it to the garage me and the family have used for years R & P Woods. They're the ones diagnosing the steering rack.
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Thanks Alecto28...I will ask them to look for those things specifically.

This is the second time i have ended up with a bill for something that hasn't fixed the problem.

1-The suspension was looked at...an arm changed...and the clonking persisted
2-Glow plug light flashed...relay was changed...light continued to flash

Should you pay for things that are 'fixed' (with new parts) that don't solve the problem? I have always just paid the bills and now think that that was idiotic!
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Personnaly, I don't pay for something that hasn't fixed the problem I had.
It happened to me two times, I told them to take the parts off the car.

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Alfa Tech don't have the best reputation on here.

I and many other forum members use QSP in Ferryhill.

Or I've heard good reports of Bonello in Byker.
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It's a "feature" on Alfa's, isn't it? To make sure you don't go over speedbumps, potholes and the like too fast.
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It's a "feature" on Alfa's, isn't it? To make sure you don't go over speedbumps, potholes and the like too fast.
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Bella Blue was in today for lower arms and link arms, while the mech was removing the upper arm the ball joint bolt snapped so it had to be replaced so while he was at it he did both, so thats all four arms and both arb link arms done, just the arb's to do if I get anymore noises...
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