147 suspension issues
I recently had some routine work done (cambelt etc) on my 2002 147 1.6 t.spark lusso at my local indie specialist Veloces in Barnet. They did a health check and gave a me list of issues that needed sorting, all are now done apart from the suspension ones which are as follows:
Both rear track control arm bushes worn
Both front ball joints knocking
Antiroll bar play
Drop links worn
I have noticed for quite a while that the ride is noisy and there is an occasional knocking sound from rear and front ends especially on slightly bumpy roads and there it slightly pulls to the left under heavy braking.
I would like to get it sorted without spending a fortune if possible and don't mind getting my hands dirty to do the odd simple jobs but am not sure if I am up to doing all of this myself as my mechanical knowledge (especially as I have never done anything with suspension before) and tools do limit what I can do.
So I would like to know:
a) Which of these could be done on a driveway fairly easily bearing in mind my limited mechanical knowledge and tools.
b) When replacing bushes I would like to upgrade with powerflex bushes so would replacing the bushes on the above list make difference to handling, wear etc or would I need to replace all bushes to really notice a difference or could I perhaps change them in stages to spread the cost.
c) What should I expect to pay to get these sorted at the indie specialist?
Any answers/suggestions would be great.
Last edited by donnay; 31-01-12 at 04:24.
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