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    Angry One Hundred Quid later...

    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.

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    That was a horrendous journey you had mate!! still you have uncovered a fantastic little fix though.

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    Thats a bummer the exact same with me knocking at the back was told the arms was gone ok one of them was gone but after the new ones fitted the knocking was still there so i took it to a mates and got it up on the lift and yip it was the anti roll bar bushes lol

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    Wish I had uncovered it about £90 earlier... That could have paid for for shiny parts

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    Quote Originally Posted by mat_splat View Post
    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.
    You should have looked at a different How2 (mine) which makes the job 90% easier:

    http://www.vectra-c.com/forum/showth...l-Arms-Easilly

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    I did see it but to be fair, when I took it out the inner bush was ruined. 130k later, it's to be expected I guess. Next job is the bottom bush on the hub carrier.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Rebellion View Post
    You should have looked at a different How2 (mine) which makes the job 90% easier:

    http://www.vectra-c.com/forum/showth...l-Arms-Easilly
    thats what i will be doing next time

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    nice trick with the inner tube, I like that... good to hear you sorted it though..
    My old Signum, the animal; she now rests in pieces in several other members cars.. https://www.vectra-c.com/forum/garag...vehicle&id=200
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    It should be ok for a few thousand miles. I will get the bushes in but they are a special order part. Strange really given that they are such an obviously weak part.

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