Folks, I almost killed myself and my Bella here's the full story...
Friday is a regular tennis night for my children and i dropped them off around 7pm and then went to collect them around 8pm. On the journey to collect them I was entering a fairly large but quiet at the time of night roundabout, its actually a large island. Anyway on the first right-hand turn in i completely lost the back end, it whipped out trying to meet the front wheels. I just managed to keep her under control but wow what a scary moment that was! Funny how your life flashes in front of your eyes
Well the next left to exit i took alot slower but still left the rear was wobbly. I continued my journey and collected the children and drove gingerly home. I put the whole thing down to oil on the road. Anyway got up this morning let the dogs out and I thought I'd have a quick look, well the rear nearside wheel was pointing outwards and it was loose enough to let me push the wheel all the way back in and further even!.
I called the wheel alignment people Micheldever tyres and said they may have left a bolt loose and its come undone, well they said hold on it sounds like a wheel bearing/ hub thats gone. Anyway i called my mechanic and he said pop down its less then 1 mile and I drove like a snail, sorry if you were the E-Class merc in a hurry! Got there in one piece and up on the ramps she went and guess what it was....?
It was the metal rod that connects to the wheel with a bolt and the bolt was completely missng.... it looks like this is the same bolt used to adjust the wheel alignment i believe. So the garage got a replacement bolt and fixed the problem no more wobbly wheel. They didn't point a finger at the wheel alignment people however they said the fronts and rears didn't appear to be touched, apparently there are some small adjusting screws / bolts used for this and they couldn't see anything obvious.
I then called the wheel alignment place and drove there for the guy to say that they checked the wheel alignment but as it came up near perfect there was little or no adjustment required, even after a complete suspension rebuild Koni's, powerflex rear etc
The guy then said it must be the garage who fitted the suspension that are the guilty party, they may have screwed the bolt in and destroyed the threads?
So my dilemma is where does the blame sit, who would be more likely to have touched the metal arm and retaining bolt ?
I have some piccys of the purple powerflexs and could just see the shinny new merc bearings! i have to upload them later!