So, it's been a couple of grease monkey days spent on the drive in the rain. There has been a pretty catastrophic knocking noise coming from the back end of the veccy for a couple of weeks. This weekend I lost my rag and decided it need to be sorted out. I had a good read on here and asked the oppinion of a mate or two, then went to the local car spares and invested in a pair of rear upper control arms. (£90pr)
My first mistake was lookin at the how to and deciding that it didn't look that difficult. Now I should point out that in terms of mechanical skill there isn't much to worry about. The problem comes from the sheer insanity of the folk at Vauxhall design. I have never known such ridiculous placing of components, it's as though they have thought of every possible way of getting to it and then blocked it off.
Any way, after a pretty horrific SIX hours, I was ready to take her for a spin. Guess what... No difference in the knocking.
Wheels back off and a mate to help later, Poxy anti roll bar bushes appear to be the problem. Ok, I should have had a proper look at those first but it was pouring with rain and I wasn't in great mood.
Today I decided to do a quick (and alot cheaper) bush change. Could I get any bushes? Could I ******y! A trip to Halfords later a £4.99 bike inner tube offered the answer. I tooke the bushes out an wrapped a bit of rubber around the bar at each end. Tightened the bushes up around the new rubber and bingo. No more knocking.
Im sure there is a morale to this story but, having wasted the £90 for what was a £5 fix, I don't really want to think about it.
Still, no more knocking.