Re: How can you tell if there are problems with balljoints/bushes?
id say you have a bush and shock problem, shimmying its ass in a bumpy bend is like when the main lower arm or rear tie-rod mounting bushes are soft or gone. Best to replace the bushes wi a powerflex kit bit by bit but as Gazza says do in pairs across one axle if that makes sense.
On a modern car there are a lot of bushes or balljoints and its really difficult to make a guess at which ones are bad without test. Every bush thats gone soft will contribute a bit of instability to the car.
Bouncy corners like a yank tank - is worn shocks - if theyre bad as this, then they are dangerous. If you ever have to do an emergency brake & steer in a car wi worn shocks (I have before) then you will get the fright of your life, I mean it.
Try and find a garage or mot testing station wi a "shaker plate" ramp, its the best way of seeing what is wrong underneath and it makes worn bushes stand out like a dogs wotsits.
The other morning, as i rounded a sharpish blind left bend in the motorway at 75, I glanced down at the speedo (thats how i know the exact speed) and when i glanced back up, there was a fiesta wi 2 old dears just stopped in the middle of my lane of the carriageway - about 50 feet away at the exit out of the bend, no time for brakes, the autopilot in my brain decided on emergency avoidance as best route since I could do no more than flick the steering right then left in a vain attempt to miss the other car. I thought "thats it - we're dead" honestly. Now what happened next amazed me, the car simply snicked around the stationery motor without so much as a flinch, like a bloody go kart or a race-car, and in a heartbeat I was back in my lane, not a scratch, leaving the old dears to wonder "wtf was that!!!" - and the other cars behind me piling up trying to avoid the car as well, no such luck for them. The one behind me skidded to a halt narrowly missing the crash barrier, blocking the road - and no one else got past the obstacle, I was suddenly alone but safe.....heart racing at the near death experience that was also a religious enlightenment.....On why an alfa is indeed, special. If i had been driving anything else, i'm positive i wouldnt be here to type this now.
The moral of the tale is - we all have alfa's I know, but I also luckily have stiff shocks, and good bushes....just get them fixed before your life depends on them. Mine just did.
Last edited by evilscotsman; 03-10-07 at 10:32.