I'm a complete novice to repairing cars and I have never really done anything apart from refilling the screenwash and changing wheels when I've had a puncture!
But I'm fed up with paying extorniate money to garages to fix things which i might be able to do myself.
My problem at the moment is my 1.9 04 reg Vectra CDTI 120.
The suspension (or something else?) is making a "banging" from the rear right side of my car. This happens when I drive on uneven roads. It's like it's bottoming out and something is hitting the underside. It doesn't necesarilly happen if I drive straight over a speed bump, only on uneven roads and when I drive slowly (20mph or less). If i drive fast over the same road it's fine and I hear no banging noise.
I sent the car to my garage (recommended by a friend) and they replaced the rear shocks as they were leaking....apparently. It did get slightly better for a while, but it's now back again.
I refuse to pay the garage again to check this out so I'm going to do a quick service on the car myself. I've bough a Haynes manual for my car and I will pop into halfords today to buy a trolley jack and I want to have a look for myself and try to learn a bit about how to fix or diagnose things myself. If I can find the fault I can buy the part myself and tell the garage to fix it, thus paying less in the long run.
My questions are:
1. Any idea what this "banging" can be?
2. I have a couple of axel stands that I will use when i lift the car with my newly aquired trolley jack....Where on the rear part do I place them? Silly question I know, but I am really novice to this...Pictures would be great
Thank you in advance for any replies. I can assemble IKEA furniture...now can I fix a car??