Summer's here - roof
Join Date: Jan 2006
Location: United Kingdom
Just to pick up on the couple of posts above. My Spider is a right rattly/creaky bugger from the back over bumps / pot holes. I have recently had a service with Autolusso Bournemouth and Laurence has advised me to get the rear powerflexed soonish as this should resolve the issue and make the ride a lot better generally.
Having very little knowledge of how the rear suspension works I am trying to get my head around the different bushes / rear suspension components etc. On the Receipt there was an advisory that there was slight play in the Near-Side Rear Upper Ball Joint. I believe that this is an extra aside from the powerflexing work that I could have done? Anyone know a rough cost for sorting this and whether it's prudent to have both sides done at the same time? I have also found 'Rear Link Rods' for sale on EBay - would a full set of Powerflex bushes include the parts to sort these if they are partially worn? Replacements seem cheapish (circa £15 for a pair so not too concerned if they need replacing).
My car has 82k miles and is 11 years old. I imagine the springs and shocks to be past their best. In doing the Powerflexing is it worth the effort doing shocks (and springs?) 'whilst i'm there' - or is it going to be a waste of labour (at the back) to get the powerflexing (and this ball joint issue resolved) done, then saving for a few months to do all corners shocks / springs and maybe refreshing the front wishbones? I would prefer the two stage approach for my wallet's sake!
Any advice very welcome - just trying to prioritise the work as I will need a new exhaust middle and rear section soon also!!
History - 1999 156 2.0 TS - 1999 GTV 2.0 TS - 2000 GTV 2.0 TS, 2000 166 2.5 V6 24V - 2002 147 2.0 TS - 2004 147 2.0 TS
Current - 2001 Spider 2.0 TS, 2006 Jaguar XK8, 2006 VW Golf GTi
Last edited by Cluffstarr; 30-08-12 at 15:36.