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Hi,

Just bought a 2001 156 V6 with 40000 miles on the clock and I'm loving it :) A couple of problems though....

On the test drive I noticed a creak coming from the front right hand side. The dealer said this was the upper wishbone suspension bushes. These were replaced (new wishbones) on both sides and on the second test drive prior to buying I didn't notice anything. However, I noticed it again last night while going along a bumpy road slowly. Not as frequent as on the first test drive but still there... From other threads here I notice that the anti-roll bar can cause similar sounds if worn. Any easy way to check that out? How much to replace? I would like to at least sound like I know what I'm talking about when I complain to the dealer :)

The other thing is that I only got one key and wan't to get another one cut. Spoke to the local Alfa Main garage and they quoted £180 for a new key (including 1 hour labour) Is there any cheaper options or is this the only way? The car was originally sold in Germany so I have the code card if this makes any difference.

Cheers,

Kenny
 

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Welcome to the forum Kenny !!

To check if it's the a/r bar you could disconnect the ends (from the droplinks) and tie then up out of the way. Then go for a "gentle" drive and see if there's still a squeak.

If there is it, isn't the a/r bushes. When they replaced the wishbones did they grease them well? If they didn't they will quickly squeak again as its metal-on-metal (mounting bolt to bush insert). Otherwise it could be the lower arms ... the big V6 lump puts a real strain on the bushes, as does the 2.4 diesel.

If it goes away, then your dealer isn't going to be a happy bunny when you come back ... it's long and painful and expensive to replace as the crossmember has to be dropped :eek:


Key's are always a problem ... again lean on the dealer to see if he can offer you a discount .... after all they all come with 2 when new.
 

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Thanks :)

After disconnecting the droplinks I went along the same stretch of road as before and the creak was gone. I really should invest in a pair of axle stands and a decent jack as it took me 4 hours to do it.

I'm getting some new droplinks fitted next week. I also noticed that the rubber boots covering the right CV joint was burst and happily dispensing a little grease over the brakes! So I'll get that sorted as well. The dealer I bought it from seems happy enough to pay for it so looks like all will be well very soon :) Just need to find a decent alfa specialist in the Glasgow area to do it now.

Managed to find a main dealer that will supply and match a new key for £105.

Thanks for the help,

Kenny
 
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