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Yes i know this has been asked a thousand times in the past and i am fully aware of all the 147/156/gt suspension "issues".

Since i owned my car from day 7 ish, the underside of the car started clonking. Very quiet at first and progressivly got lowder over the past 2.5k miles. First inspection revealed that both backbox support rubbers were well worn and broken up. I replaced these this weekend but it made no difference.

Currently my front wheels sound like this:

When hitting a sudden bump (speed bump, pothole) at low speed (7mph) the front drivers wheel makes a sudden "screech" or scraping noise. every bump or unsmooth surface causes the front end to make constant knocking noises. All noises sound like they are coming from the front driver side wheel.

Can anyone pinpoint exactly which component of my front suspension is dodgy?
 

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Additional, the clonking sounds like it is coming from under my feet, i can't place the screech though.
 

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Anti-roll bar link? They can make some pretty strange noises.

Try holding it while someone bounces the front of the car up and down. You'll feel any roughness. Watch out for your fingers though!
 

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just had the same problem resolved on my 156 sportivo 1.8 today. it was the upper wish bone which needed replacing.

Get them to check the upper & lower wish bones as well as the roll bar (they need to drop the engine for that job.)
 

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Sounds like the anti-roll bar bushes to me.Don't change the roll bar just get the powerflex bushes,even if that's not the problem they'll never need changing again.
 

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so does the steering rack track rod. Available cheaply from EB spares
 

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Thanks for the help guys!

Sounds like the anti-roll bar bushes to me.Don't change the roll bar just get the powerflex bushes,even if that's not the problem they'll never need changing again.
Would i be able to replace these without romoving the roll bar. Money is tight at the moment so i would rather not pay to get it done (i know the subframe has to be dropped to do this).
 

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as far as i know, to replace the bushes, you just have to undo the clamps holding the bushes. the bushes isnt in one round piece that needs "sliding" on, it has a cut on the flat side so it can just be pushed over the bar.
 

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as far as i know, to replace the bushes, you just have to undo the clamps holding the bushes. the bushes isnt in one round piece that needs "sliding" on, it has a cut on the flat side so it can just be pushed over the bar.
So i can just leave everything in situ, unbolt the brackets, pull/cut the bush off and push the new one on? Simple as that?

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25 minutes if the ARB is off of the car I'd guess as you do need to remove the ARB from the car to get to the bushes for removal/replacement. It's not an engine out job, it's a subframe down job. There is a how 2 done recently, takes about 3 hours or so but you need alot of axle stands, trolley jacks etc as you've got to support the car, then support the engine, then support the subframe as you lower it down.

http://www.alfaowner.com/Forum/just-images-registered-only/118596-q2-anti-roll-bar-guide-v6-gta.html

Cheers,

Mark
 

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25 minutes if the ARB is off of the car I'd guess as you do need to remove the ARB from the car to get to the bushes for removal/replacement. It's not an engine out job, it's a subframe down job. There is a how 2 done recently, takes about 3 hours or so but you need alot of axle stands, trolley jacks etc as you've got to support the car, then support the engine, then support the subframe as you lower it down.

http://www.alfaowner.com/Forum/just-images-registered-only/118596-q2-anti-roll-bar-guide-v6-gta.html

Cheers,

Mark
So not quite the same as my Mk 1 Escort Mexico then :rolleyes: Undo the two bolts securing each bracket, cut off the bush, slit the new one and fit over bar, refit brackets and Bob's your Uncle - why do the Italians make life so difficult?

Rob (not Bob)
 

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i changed the arb on mine 6 months ago the bushes are fixed to the bar wrapped round the bar on a steel bracket i would presume if you could cut the steel and drop the original bushes youve got a chance with fitting the powerflex but there isnt much room at all
 
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