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Had this noise a couple of months ago. Went to a suspension specialist and had it checked out on their so called "test machine " but found nothing amiss. It now sounds worse. Pulled left front wheel off to have a look after giving it the "side to side and up and down " check. Side to side movement feels loose but difficult to tell with only car on jack. These are the pictures I took . Looks like the bush has seen better days. Only done 43000km. Has anyone replaced them before. Is it a possible DIY, or has it got to be done at an alfa garage with proper equipment.
Any suggestions and help, if anyone has done it themselves, would be much appreciated.
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yeah i see a tear in both of the last 2 pictures. The bushes can be had seperately but you need a press to install them. Or you can fit a whole arm.

It's a bit of a job, the undertrays need to come off, the aluminum supports from the radiator base to the front wishbone need to come off, the wheel needs to come off, and then it's time to remove the wishbone from the knuckle. After that you can remove the subframe side.
 

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Yeah I changed mine last year bought just the bushes. I was going to press out and in but discovered my ball joints seized solid in to hub so decided I will change complete arms at some point.
I did however use a screw thread Bush tool to remove old and fit new just make sure when refitting you get them orientated correctly.

as above there is a bit of stuff to take off to access them.

when you say feeling loose when going side to side that is more likely to be track rod end,tie rod or bearing play. I doubt the split bushes will cause a knock more a sloppy feeling on the road.
 

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Mine was making a huge knocking noise going over bumps, turned out to be the stabiliser link. Fairly cheap and a quick job to replace so it might be worth starting there
 

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I might be missing something, but those bushes don't look bad to me, the split seems to be in the flashing.

You'll get some movement through those bushes, it's why the 159's have after market polybushes as they move too much and contribute to uneven tyre wear.

I'll see if I can find the comparison video
 

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I had a night mare seperating the ball joints from the hubs the last time I took the wishbones out on ours.

The steel bolts had corroded into the aluminium hub and I very nearly had to drill them out.

Make sure that plenty of anti seize compound is used when you put them back together.
 

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Thanks for the contributions. Now that is mentioned, I did notice the wheel shows feathering on the outside of this wheel only. R/H wheel is fine. Will get it thoroughly checked, think there is more than meets the eye.
 
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