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    On my last MOT I got the following advisories, before i spend moneys, i just wanted to run them by you lot and see what i need to buy:

    - Nearside rear upper suspention arm has slight play in pin/bush

    - Offside rear upper suspention arm has slight play in pin/bush

    - N/S steering trackrod slight play at track end.

    What should be on my shopping list then?

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    N/S Steering trackrod slight play at track end.

    You need to check this out as it could be the balljoint of the lower wishbone rather than track rod end. My MOT station got this wrong and I had a track rod end replaced that wasn't needed.

    you will need 2 x rear upper suspension arms, about £35 each from eurocarparts, £75 plus each from VX. Common issue as well on all Vectras
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    That makes sense, how do i check the balljoint, what should i be looking for to narrow the problem down to either the rod or the wishbone?

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    also, can i just replace the bushing, http://www.ebay.co.uk/itm/Suspension...ht_3435wt_1165

    Or is it the whole arm?

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    also, can i just replace the bushing, http://www.ebay.co.uk/itm/Suspension...ht_3435wt_1165

    Or is it the whole arm?

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    You can just replace the bush, but it's not worth it at those prices. I'm about to do the same and have bought these:

    http://www.ebay.co.uk/itm/VAUXHALL-V...item3a62f8a670

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    Forgot to say my local VX dealer not only does the genuine part at £75 but a copy as well at £35. If the copy one goes faulty under warranty its much easier to get your money back from them than ebay. I would rather buy the complete arm than mess about trying to fit bushes into the old one
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    Quote Originally Posted by Danger_MouseUK View Post
    That makes sense, how do i check the balljoint, what should i be looking for to narrow the problem down to either the rod or the wishbone?
    Jack the car up with the wheel still on.
    Get someone to move the wheel while you look underneath to see where the movement is (use an axle stand).

    When you move the wheel left to right the steering wheel should move nearly as one. Try just moving the wheel a fraction and see if the steering wheel moves.

    Try to move the wheel up and down (north to south), I dont think you should have movement
    If it does then it may well be the ball joint attached to the bottom below the hub.

    A decent garage should also be able to check this
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    Quote Originally Posted by Danger_MouseUK View Post
    That makes sense, how do i check the balljoint, what should i be looking for to narrow the problem down to either the rod or the wishbone?
    Jack it up get someone to grab wheel at 9 and 3 o'clock position and pull slightly

    Same again at 12&6
    You'll be able to see any movement and they should feel it

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