As part of my car rebuild, I've been trying desparately to get rid of the front end clonking sounds.
I've replaced the following, but the clonking remains pretty much as it was before.
Roll bar drop links (pattern)
Suspension arms (genuine)
One track rod end which was very clearly knackered.
I've also disconnected the front roll bar links, tied the assembly out of the way of anything, and taken the car for a spin, but the clonking remains. So I think that rules out the roll bar bushes.
The cloking sounds like something is really loose and can happen at walking pace if going over even slightly uneven ground.
Out of frustration, I jacked the front of the car up yet again tonight and gave the wheels a good waggle, top and bottom and left and right.
On the nearside I can just about feel a little looseness if grasp the wheel at the 3 o'clock and 9 o'clock positions and waggle back and forth. I'm thinking this points to inner or outer track rod ends.
So, I have a couple of quesitons...
I've started to undo the outer track rod end ball joint nut but can't get the nut off. Its off about half way and now the nut just turns the whole ball joint. I've tried levering it with a spanner etc to make the ball tighter in the joint but no good. Is there anything I can do short of disc cutting the bolt off?
I have a feeling the outer track rod end is ok - the ball seems fairly tight in the joint. It must mean the inner one is knackered. I have no experience in replacing inner track rod ends - any advice?
Any tips at all would be much appreciated.