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Suspend Belief

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?

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Re: Suspend Belief

LOL...great first post, just proving that we can all get it wrong....most of the time in my case

Welcome to the forum Paul, hope you stick around


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