Wel, here is the latest!
The alignment was way out. ABP were the last to do alignment - the rear alignment bolt was loose, appears not tightened! The tippex marks for the adjustment were amazingly huge.
I went to Thistlethwaites in Bolton - really sound guys.
After alignment it still felt not quite right, but a lot better than before.
They took it back on the ramp and checked for play - hubs sound, although there is a bush on the hub side of the trailing arms that had movement, although no noticable play as such.
Front shocks fitted a month / 1000 miles ago, rear shocks fitted 300 miles / 2 weeks ago, they advise the rear shocks may still be bedding in.
1. Do shocks take some time to bed in, and wil this give a not so even ride when on the motorway but go into corners fine on twisties?
2. Are trailing arms a common problem?
3. Is the bush by the trailing arm at the other side of the hub part of the trailing arm, or is this seperate? If so, not sure if this will need to be changed, or the whole trailing arm. (Transverse arm).
Obviously, will wait a couple of K miles before doing anything to the arm just in case new shocks do take time to settle.
Symptoms are minor movement of the steering wheel, but not constantly correcting like how it was with a knackered rack and duff rear hub bushes.
Car is 2001 Y reg 73K miles