Doesn't suffer fools
Join Date: Dec 2004
Location: United Kingdom
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?......me 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?
Last edited by Carrotsucker; 09-06-13 at 23:10.
Reason: spelling mistake