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Hey Folks,

My 156 has a clunking noise coming from the front suspension/steering when I am going over moderate to uneven surfaces.

Anybody any idea what could be the problem or where to start looking? I recently replaced a wishbone to solve a previous clunk on the driver’s side but this latest problem seems common to both sides of the car. I am thinking maybe the steering linkages or something else that is common to both sides?

All suggestions welcome.
 

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Fair bet would be the drop links and track rod ends. Pretty common problem on the 156. I had the same problem and I changed them on the front end. Fixed it for me.

Both parts readily available and not very expensive. Have a look at www.shop4parts.co.uk as a starter to get an idea of prices.

If you're handy with a spanner there's no reason why you cant change them yourself over a weekend.
 

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Thanks for the advice

I have decided to bite the bullet and booked it into alfa on Thursday morning. As much as i like to tinker, the Great British weather is a touch on the damp side up here to say the least and i dont have access to a ramp or pit.

I will however post the fault once it has been identified, it's always good to keep people in the know.
 

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Ok so the news just back from alfa is:

Steering rack needs replaced as its an mot failure
Drivers side top wish bone needs replace
Passenger side bottom wishbone
2 drop links for anti roll bar need replaced

:cry:

total quote 1200 pounds do you think i should pay it ?
 

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I'd go elsewhere for a second opinion. No idea what you'd expect to pay but that's a whole lot of wonger :rolleyes:

Did you use a Dealer or an Indie?
 

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When i got my suspension replaced i bought the parts myself from EB Spares and got an Alfa specialist to fit them.

You can save yourself money and you know exactly whats going on your car.

You can also use the misfortune of having to replace suspension parts to have better\uprated parts fitted.
 

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Get the suspension arms and droplinks done .. they do wear out ... then get a second opinion on the rack ...
 

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Cheers,

I managed to get them down on price to do the upper and lower arm and drop links for 460 pound all in, still a whole lot of cash though :wow:

Will definately get a second opinion on the steering rack.
 

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Thats sounding better.

parts from eb spares are circa £200 (depending on model) so maybe 2 - 3 hours work at £75 per hour plus vat and your in the right sort of area.
 

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Thats sounding better.

parts from eb spares are circa £200 (depending on model) so maybe 2 - 3 hours work at £75 per hour plus vat and your in the right sort of area.
Shop4Parts have an offer on lower arms this month!
 
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