I need to get some front suspension work done on my 147 2.0. There are a number of issues, including sqeaks, thumps, rattles and knocks. I have had a suspension specialist look at it and he showed me the play in the lower ball joint and the side to side movement in the swaybar, so I am going to address these, but wondering what else should I do while I am at it.
- Replace lower wishbones
- Replace swaybar bushes (postage to Australia means replacing the whole swaybar = too many $$)
- Replace worn wheel bearing
- Front alignment
Should I also
- Replace drop links? (could do this myself)
- Lubricate upper wishbones to stop squeaking (is this possible or should I replace?)
Anything else I should do while Iím at it or any advice?
Absolutely replace the whole lot - uppers don't last as long as lowers, so the uppers will be cactus and they're not expensive anyway - fitting uppers is easy, lowers a pain in the backside.
Drop links are a 5 minute job and are very cheap - replace them anytime you do suspension work...
Check the tie rod ends too.
You have to remove the subframe to access the sway bar, that's a lot of labour... You can replace the bushes but it's a short term fix. If it were me, do it properly given the amount of work required to get to it.
It used to be much cheaper buying overseas but these days with the strong dollar, not so much.. Especially now that Italian Auto Spares in Melbourne are almost as competitive.
Remember, once you're done, get the wheels aligned.