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Re: Knocking Noise Front Suspension

Posted: Wed Apr 03, 2013 3:28 pm
by daveo
chrisp83 wrote:
daveo wrote:sheck the bushing on the lower control arm that is bolted to the body of the car. ill have money on with you that thats the problem.have seen a few of these give the same trouble in the last few weeks


Can you advise how i go about checking this? Should i undo it?

jack up your car at the front obviously :). take off the wheel and lean down on the hub which will open up the bushing . and have a good look in at the bushing, if you see any wear in it then its fooked :)

Re: Knocking Noise Front Suspension

Posted: Wed Apr 03, 2013 4:00 pm
by chrisp83
Ah ok, easy enough, i'll give that a try.

Have you changed yours? Care to give a step by step if you have? :wink:

Re: Knocking Noise Front Suspension

Posted: Wed Apr 03, 2013 6:10 pm
by poTTa
Disconnect the hub from the upper ball joint, level the arm, raise the hub and prop with a block and reconnect the ball joint.
Note: do not let the hub fall to the lowest position, it could squeeze the lower ball joint and burst the boot.

First of all...Remove the wheel...apply degreaser and wash the dirt and grime out (use a brush too - scrub the arms, bushings, etc)...let everything dry...the lube mix is just a 50/50 Diesel ATF...sprayed on with a typical spray bottle...nothing too fancy...there's no need to disconnect any parts, the lube is flowable...so spray in between the bushings...dont overdo it tho and dont spray any on hot parts or on the brakes.

Another note...wash the body of the car after doing this lubing...i find that the fine mist from the spray gets on the body...

when you are done take a casual drive and let the lube work in and make sure to apply heavy brake stops just to ensure that if there is no lube on the brakes...

Re: Knocking Noise Front Suspension

Posted: Wed Apr 03, 2013 6:15 pm
by chrisp83
Thanks for that. My wife is gonna wonder where i am this weekend :wink:

Re: Knocking Noise Front Suspension

Posted: Fri Apr 05, 2013 5:15 pm
by daveo
no need to go disconnecting anything for a visual. just jack up and take off wheel. if bushing is as foooked as i think it is then it will be very obvious to see. im just after changing two of them an hour ago for a car thats going for the nct and they were very visably nackered without having to disconnect the upper ball joint or anything.they were changed without removing the upper ball joint. if they are any bit shabby they need to be replaced. no cleaning or adding of lubricants is going to help it in any way;

Re: Knocking Noise Front Suspension

Posted: Sat Apr 06, 2013 5:38 am
by poTTa
Daveo is right...
Sorry...I thought he changed the lower control arm bushings...I now see - reading back - that he didn't...
Like he said...jack the car...take off the wheel...and inspect the bushings...
If u see even a slight tear then they need to be changed...
If the curvy arm doesn't stay upright and sags from the bushing then it needs changing...mine were sagging before I changed them...
They're now as perky as a busty chick at the North Pole... :lol:

Re: Knocking Noise Front Suspension

Posted: Sat Apr 06, 2013 6:11 pm
by chrisp83

Re: Knocking Noise Front Suspension

Posted: Sun Apr 07, 2013 1:43 pm
by chrisp83
Daveo, i removed the wheel and took some pics of the bush i think you talking about. They look dead to me, would you agree?

PASSENGER SIDE
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DRIVER SIDE
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Re: Knocking Noise Front Suspension

Posted: Sun Apr 07, 2013 5:50 pm
by jarocki
i changed these bushes myself there a while back as they had been worn. got the off nick. they are the castor arm bushes not the lower arm bush......which i also have changed. made car much better as i had this noise also. sorted now

Re: Knocking Noise Front Suspension

Posted: Sun Apr 07, 2013 5:50 pm
by jarocki
i changed these bushes myself there a while back as they had been worn. got the off nick. they are the castor arm bushes not the lower arm bush......which i also have changed. made car much better as i had this noise also. sorted now

Re: Knocking Noise Front Suspension

Posted: Sun Apr 07, 2013 6:16 pm
by poTTa
Yes those definitely need changing
Check nick the site trader...I got mine from him too

Re: Knocking Noise Front Suspension

Posted: Mon Apr 08, 2013 12:33 pm
by daveo
tbh fella they are worn alrite . if your stuck for a set give me a buzz.

Re: Knocking Noise Front Suspension

Posted: Wed Apr 17, 2013 5:52 pm
by chrisp83
Ive decided that it may be best to change the lower control arm bush (red arrow) as well as the castor arm bush at the same time. Can anyone advise the proper procedure to remove this? Can i just loosen the bolt and slide the arm off? Is the bush easy to remove from the arm, or does it need to be pressed out?

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Re: Knocking Noise Front Suspension

Posted: Thu Apr 18, 2013 10:48 am
by daveo
you are best mark up the washers and bolts positions with a tipex pen first as when you put it back together your car will be all over the road out front if they dont go back in the same position . just drop the arms out and press the bushing out. bushings have to be both pressed in and outh otherwise they wouldnt be doing their job ....would they ??:) make sure to press new bushing in nice and square . make sure to get the car tracked straight away after .

Re: Knocking Noise Front Suspension

Posted: Sat May 11, 2013 9:25 am
by chrisp83
Managed to get my hands on a set of caliper slide pins. Is there some sort of lubricant i need to add in when changing them, or do i just swap them out?