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post #1 of 3 Old 08-24-2011, 05:53 AM Thread Starter
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Please forgive me if I get this wrong as it is my first time on a forum.

My question is how much of the front suspension should I replace?
I have a heavy knock from the front offside strut which I suspect is the top mount.
As I intend to replace both top mounts do I replace the whole McPherson strut and all the bushes relating to the lower wishbone and the track rod end or should they still be in a reasonable condition?
Can I assume that all the 2.0 diesels have the same front suspension?

It is a 54 plate 2.0TDcI Ultima with 70K on the clock.


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post #2 of 3 Old 08-24-2011, 06:34 AM
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Morning fridayultima.

Do you have a friendly independent garage near you? If so, take it along and ask the opinion of them. It would be worth you paying someone to have a look over it and give you and honest opinion.

This would eliminate the replacement on unnecessary parts and the cost involved in this. I would avoid the chains (kwik fat, halfrauds etc etc) and ask friends who they use. There is a thread on here with a list of garages that people use.

Where are you in the country?



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post #3 of 3 Old 08-26-2011, 08:47 AM Thread Starter
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Hi Ben209,

I have taken your advice and had a friend of mine who owns a garage and he has come to the same conclusion that it is the top mount. Although everything else looks OK on the suspension I am sceptical about how much wear I can expect from it as I have already had to replace the rear shocks.
What I want to avoid is replacing the mounts now and in a couple of months find the shocks need doing. I was wondering if anyone had an idea of the life expectancy of said parts.
I know its a bit like how long is a piece of string but any clue would be good.


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