Life is good atm. I
do not take that for
Global Mod Team
Join Date: Mar 2005
Location: United Kingdom
I have owned my 1998 phase 2 GTV TS since March this year. I first noticed that the inside tread wear of the front wheels was a little excessive. After reading these forums, and having a lifelong predeliction for things mechanical, instantly diagnosed suspension bush wear and ordered, online, new lower swing arms - total cost (incl postage) £80 - seems reasonable to me. Did have a thought that hmmm - maybe tracking - so had it done. Erm - since then no probs - what the hell - when I do need the arms - there they will be.
Over the last few weeks I have noticed a clunking from the rear suspension. A bit odd as it is not constant and only occurs on minor undulations in the road surface - not always on larger potholes etc.
Obviously I now think polybush and 10 ton bench presses. As an aside in various magazines you can find such presses for £150 - tempting?
Anyway this weekend I decided to have good look but before I had the chance my wife 'phoned 10 mins after leaving home - her 147 had run out of petrol. Having a spare plastic can in the boot of said GTV off I drove and delivered fuel - feeling very smug - "you shouldn't run out, but if you do have spare can etc" and off I drove.
On the way home I thought what's different - yes no clunks - why?
Answer - I had left plastic can with Liz and 147. Yep - the noise had been the bloody can bouncing around in the boot.
Smug - me?