I have been having usual problems with my suspension, the car is 7 year old 1.8 ls, I'm not sure if any shocks or springs have ever been replaced, so its pretty tired!
I get a scraping noise going over speed bumps which I assume is drop links and arb bushes, so they will be the first to be done, but not sure what to do next.
It wallows side to side a bit round corners, jars over potholes, and raised manholes sometimes cause rear wheels to jerk sideways a bit. Sometimes under heavy braking the steering wheel pulls slightly side to side.
Those are the symptoms i've observed. I'm not after coilovers cos I could only afford the £200 jobs and I'm not that bothered about lowering...would just like a firmer but still comfy ride and better handling.
So my inclination is to go for B4's and eibach springs. But I would be doing it bit by bit (to avoid shocking the missus!).
So what I need advice on is: how can I tell which components need replacing first? Am I right in thinking that springs work fine until they break? So that if they ain't broken they will be functioning fully? But shocks can be worn progressively...
If thats the case I'd be best replacing shocks first, then springs, in terms of whats gonna improve the ride the most?
Is there a way of easily checking condition of shocks? Presumably I would know about it if a spring broke?
Any advice would be great....its gonna be an ongoing project over this year, as I can only afford say a pair of shocks at a time.
like I say, I'm not keen to lower it much as I don't want trouble with speed bumps, its never gonna be a racing car, its a family workhorse, but I want something nice to drive.