Hi there guys..
New to the forum, relatively new to owning an Alfa! So go easy
Ive owned my 147 for about 5 months now. Replaced the cambelt, water-pump, balance belts and variator when I purchased, as these were soon needed. Car came from previous owner with 4 new tyres, new discs and pads and freshly serviced! Lovely jubbly..
Front offside suspension started to make a 'clunk' everynow and again, but after a couple of commutes, the noise disappeared.
Sadly - over the past fortnight, since the temperature has dropped a bit, the noise has returned with a vengeance. It presents itself as a 'creaking' noise. Its more noticeable when stationary and moving the wheel left/right - it almosts sounds like its grinding.
I wouldnt say that the handling has gotten any worse, there is definately a bit more bounce in the car. For the most part, Im all over the road as I tend to try to avoid manholes, holes and other divets in the road.
Took it to its MOT today knowing that the Suspension was gonna cause a fail - and it has!
*Nearside front upper Suspension arm has excessive play in a pin/bush.
*Offside front upper Suspension arm has excessive play in a pin/bush.
Chap mentioned that the MOT term above is too vague, and described it as the 'Top Arm Pivot Point'..
Can anyone advise on what he may be referring too? Im going to take a look myself in a couple of hours.
Any help and guidance appreciated! Need new rear break pads, and a bulb - along with this issue; and I should be all good to go
Cheers - Jimmy