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    Ok so i have been to vauxall to investigate loud knocking noise. They diagnosed front drop links & steering arm. Both parts were changed & still loud knocking! Upon further investigation they said the top mount bearing on suspension strut needs replacing? Does this sound viable? If so a friend said you need 2 parts 1- the bearing & plate & 2-a bush. Are both needed? Does anyone have any light on the area? VX have quoted £120ish fitted.. Can after market parts be used. i figured with a set of spring clamps maybe i could DIY it?
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    Is the knocking noise when you turn the steering? Or when you go over bumps.

    Aftermarket parts can be used but to be honest if you aren't sure about removing the front springs etc I wouldn't try it yourself.

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    I changed Saab ones (basically identical to the Vectra) myself using compressors it was i'd say about an hour to and hour and a half each side taking it easy.

    I had a clunking on my Saab and changing the top mounts were NOT my problem neither were drop links ARB bushes or the wishbone bushes in the end I think it must have been engine or subframe bushes as they were the only moving thing on the entire front end!

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    could be possible snapped spring if you cant see it it might come apparent if you take the springs off also strut top mounts you can service them yourself basically take out the top bearings if you can turn them then take it apart clips off you are then left with 2 halves of the plastic carriers and a bearing ring with ball bearing dont worry they are held in nd cant fall out there is basically balls every 3 holes so dont think you are missing loads lol

    clean out the 2 halves get some grease and grease them all including both halves and bearing clip back together again and rotate in hand they should be nice and free now job done and saved some cash too

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    With the part being only £20 for strut top bearing from stealers you could get a mechanic friend to fit it for you on the cheap or try it yourself, its not an easy job if your not sure of what you are doing though and you need the right tools

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    There is no bearing in the top mount as such its just a big rubber with a hole in it so i cant see how it could cause the knocking you describe, id check the front and back engine/gearbox mounts as they are a shocking design and was the cause of my knocking.

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