AO Gold Member
Join Date: Sep 2011
Location: United Kingdom
County: Greater Manchester
Rear suspension advice - GT
I just took my GT for four wheel alignment. I replaced front lower and upper wishbones and droplinks just last August/September.
I also did a quick refresh on the wheels (hardly a refurb) and so swapped them from back to front.
Noticed straight away a noise similar to worn wheel bearings on the front. Transpired that the inside edge of those (originally rear) tyres were like 50p pieces. I took it off the road for winter.
So fast forward to today. Inside edge of those aforementioned tyres are not good now, they will need to be replaced (won't be another pair of F1's mind). Anyhow the garage would not do the alignment because of this. He noticed the rubber on the front [new last summer] droplinks have split. He said there was no point in doing the rear either as new tyres would upset it which I see where he is coming from. He wanted to sell me new tyres then do the alignment, however I suggested that there might be worn components so 'we' checked whilst on the lift. To me the rear trailing arms (not radius) seem to have excessive movement. You can grab it and twist it. I would have thought this should not be the case.
He also mentioned nuts/washers on the ends of the radius arms sometimes seize and might need replacing.
Anyway he wanted to put new rear tyres on before checking the alignment, though he said the alignment would then be free (not sure about the front with the dodgy droplinks).
So should the trailing arms (down the length of the car) have this amount of play?
I know I will have to source new tyres eventually and buying them off him might turn out to be the cheapest option including having the alignment done.
Priorities I find, are usually someone else's.
Statements above are all my own opinion and not fact.