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top suspension links alternative problem

Having suffered knocking from the nearside front of the car for years despite renewing suspension arm, as MOT man found movement there- difficult to pinpoint exactly due to location of arm - still that annoying noise remained. This time took the suspension completely down and found the bolt had worn the alloy top casting hole oval due to rusted on bush. General consensus was that 'this part has never caused a problem' so availablility was very rare - but the price of 183 odd for a new casting was a shock! Simple remedy was to bore hole to remove ovality (correct wording!?) turn up a bush on a lathe, heat casting, freeze bush and insert using large vice. Job done: cost nil, or 'a drink'. Result? Silent travel after years of concern.
Another Alfa design fault/nice little earner?.... would metalastic bushes here seem more appropriate? thinks that rubber grease on the bushes is a very temporary solution as surely the metal bush inserts pivot on the metal rod? Any views on this?

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A Good fix.
But personally I think you have just been plain unlucky probably with a previous owner.
It will naturally wear oval if the bushes at some stage have been left to wreck and ruin until totally split and deteriorate in such a manner to let the main bolt then make contact and move and wear the alloy. Steel versus alloy, steel will always win the battle.
I have only ever seen this on one Alfa, a 147.
But a second hand pair of top mounts for 15 from eBay and a new set of arms soon sorted it out

Very, very rare it happens though, the bushes give an obvious indication first and foremost.
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Thanks - but the 'rubber' parts of the bushes themselves were perfect.....and, yes, we did grease things before assembly when they were fitted. I suspect there's more suffering from this problem than we hear about. Would have liked parts at prices noted from Ebay - also (for reference) a single bolt is now somewhere around 14 so details of a source of more sensible prices would be nice.
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