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Cry Like A Baby Argh!! Clunk clunk :(

Just driving home from town and something felt like it fell off on the High Street before turning into my flat car park. Thought nothing of it and asumed I just ran over some litter or something, but pulling into the car park - it's an almost full lock turning - the steering felt very loose and like it was snatching to one side. Investigated a bit further when maneouvering in the car park and there was a horrible knocking noise coming from somewhere on the front wheels, and it felt kind of like a flat tyre, the steering snatching on full lock when maneouvering at low speed, say once per revolution of the wheel

RAC are on the way, any initial ideas? I figured CV joint/steering rack/something suspension related.... It sounds expensive though and it makes me feel a bit sick

(EDIT - oops, thought I was in the 156 lounge!)

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Re: Argh!! Clunk clunk :(

Its probably not that serious mate.
Let us know how you get on.
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Wishbone failure...

Hope it's ok mate.
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Re: Argh!! Clunk clunk :(

Argh

I had a look into the wheelarches but couldn't see anything. At first I was cringing at the thought of a new Eagle F1 for 70-odd quid but now I think I'd prefer that
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Re: Argh!! Clunk clunk :(

Is the cars ride height the same on that side? or has it dropped?
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Re: Argh!! Clunk clunk :(

RAC man has just left and is more or less certain it's a driveshaft/driveshaft seal/driveshaft bearing failure. Going to ring round a few garages and see how much it's going to cost me before getting her recovered
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Re: Argh!! Clunk clunk :(

That ain't good.... maybe it's time for a Q2? You do drive it quite hard though don't you?

Really sorry to hear this though mate.
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Bad news mate..

Ideal time to put the Q2 diff in though, if you are replacing driveshafts, as it all needs to come apart anyway. Thats if you can afford it. Ned replaced my N/S driveshaft for me as the outer CV joint was completely siezed and the boot was split in two.
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Re: Argh!! Clunk clunk :(

I was thinking Q2 but it already sounds like £300ish... how much more would a Q2 add do you reckon?
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£280 for the part....
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You do tempt me Joseph
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I'd give Ned a ring and ask if he has any spare driveshafts kicking around. He did when I was there two weeks ago, he does break a lot of 156s. If you get him to put you in a Q2 at the same time I'm sure he'd do you a good deal on the labour side of things. Plus you'll likely get fed too
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RAC will only recover me to a garage in a 10 mile radius though. Ned is further away than that and the car is not driveable.
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RAC will only recover me to a garage in a 10 mile radius though. Ned is further away than that and the car is not driveable.
Ned will recover you, he has a trailer

See, everything is just falling into place




Q2 Q2 Q2 Q2 Q2 Q2 Q2 Q2 Q2 Q2 Q2 Q2 Q2

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Ned will recover you, he has a trailer

See, everything is just falling into place




Q2 Q2 Q2 Q2 Q2 Q2 Q2 Q2 Q2 Q2 Q2 Q2 Q2

How much would recovery cost?
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Give him a ring and find out

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Re: Argh!! Clunk clunk :(

It does actually sound more like a CV joint failure, where you at full lock when you got the very first clunk? Just reach under the car and grab the driveshaft, try and wiggle it up, down, forwards and backwards, if it starts knocking whilst your doing that then it will confirm it, If nothing, then jack the corner up so the wheel is clear of the floor, rotate the wheel and listen for rumbling, grab the wheel and try to rock it up and down, then front to back, if you get the knocking now then it'll most likely be the wheel bearing, failing all of that look at the inside of the wheel and make sure it's not dented, as if i's on full lock and the rim is dented then therythmic pull on the steering could be the rim hiting the track rodor other suspension component.
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Re: Argh!! Clunk clunk :(

The RAC guy seemed pretty convinced that it was a driveshaft and not a CV.

Regardless it's now booked in with Ned and he'll be picking it up from me tomorrow morning to get a Q2 fitted by the end of the week
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Re: Argh!! Clunk clunk :(

Actually worth a mention in all of this is Eddie at Alfa Man Services (Alfaman Services Limited - Alfa Romeo Specialists Garage in London) in Rayners Lane. I spoke to him at some length about my problem this afternoon and he was very friendly and helpful. I had initially booked it in with him for tomorrow to have the driveshaft replaced, but he wasn't at all keen on the idea of fitting the Q2 for me. Having spoken to Ned it does seem like the best idea to get the two done at the same time, and Eddie was reasonable when I rang up to cancel the appointment I'd made not twenty minutes ago.

Next time something breaks I'll be sure to go to him as he seemed like a top bloke
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The RAC guy seemed pretty convinced that it was a driveshaft and not a CV.

Regardless it's now booked in with Ned and he'll be picking it up from me tomorrow morning to get a Q2 fitted by the end of the week
Clouds.... errrrrrrrrr


Silver lining?


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The RAC guy seemed pretty convinced that it was a driveshaft and not a CV.

Regardless it's now booked in with Ned and he'll be picking it up from me tomorrow morning to get a Q2 fitted by the end of the week

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Re: Argh!! Clunk clunk :(

you can very easily and cheaply replace a driveshaft on a 156 V6, so i woudnt bother with recovery to a garage.

here's a car close to you that you could take the shaft from.
http://cgi.ebay.co.uk/alfa-156-sport...QQcmdZViewItem
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Its already been recovered, and is in for the Q2 treatment as well while the suspension dismantled and driveshaft is out
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Re: Argh!! Clunk clunk :(

Apparently this has in fact been caused by a failed diff.

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