I'm not sure.. is there something lower than novice? Incompetent maybe.. Oh well, wecome to what's likely to be a whole series of stupid questions about doing various things on my new (old and falling to bits) GTV (1997 2.0 TS).
I have no mechanic type experience. But I can follow instructions and read manuals and needs must as they say.
Rear shocks are completely dead.. not doing anything at all. I've been told they are easy enough to replace, and reading the manual and from threads on here it certainly looks it. However this is an all new level of low. I have no tools, anything I need I'm going to have to borrow. There are people around that may be able to help me if I get stuck but I'd appreciate input from the wealth of knowledge that's found here.
The Replacement Parts
Not looking for anything fancy, run of the mill.. as long as it does the job for the next 6 months to a year that's fine by me.
EB Spares has 'Genuine alfa parts' for £108 a pair.
These are a little cheaper.. just as good? Is there something cheaper that will do to keep it going until I'm richer?
The Required Tools
I'm going to need 2 jacks it seems (One for the car and one to compress the spring).
Two bolts to be removed. Anyone know what size and prefered tool?
Anything else needed?
The Likely Problems
This car has corrosion *everywhere* and these shocks look like they have been on the car a VERY long time. I take it the bolts are likely to be siezed in place. WD40? Leverage and hitting it seem to be the general recommendations.
What else might I encounter?
(Hey this is a simple one... wait till I get on to the suspension!.... well maybe not...)
Any replies will be gratefully recieved.. even if it is 'Oh my god your an idiot'