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    Default Knocking and screeching

    First post so please be gentle!

    I have an 03 Vectra which has done 56k. When I drive over bumps/uneven road I get quite a loud noise from the front drivers side. Also, the ride seems very harsh in comparison to the father in laws car (I dont feel the pot holes when in his, but do in mine). He has a citroen picasso so its not the same car btw!

    Secondly, when I turn to the left I get a screeching noise. Could this be related?

    Many thanks

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    Front end knocking try looking at the drop links first.

    As for the screaching, does it sound like the aux belt when the power steering is being used?

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    Speed bumps could be anti roll bar bushes, drop links and the sleeve on the front springs hasn't been fitted.

    I used to have the exact same only solved it by changing the springs. None of which are expensive to repair but difficult to track down.

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    Would I be best "advising" the mechanic to these issues; or would they take offence that I am suggesting this to them? Reason why is that I know nowt about cars and therefore would be pretty easy to shaft (in a financial sense)

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    I personally would stay silent until he comes up with a story.

    Drop links are easy...heres the how2...http://forum.vectra-c.com/showthread.php?t=46475

    front springs are fairly easy. Front anti roll bar bushes are fairly easy but fiddly. None are major jobs therefore shouldn't be that expensive.

    I sure one of our more technical members will be along soon to estimate a time a reasonable mechanic should take.

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    drop links take no more than 15 mins a side tops..

    Front springs will take no more than 30 mins to do both sides in total..

    front antiroll bar rubbers are a bit hard to get access on, but aren't hard to do with the subframe in place..allow 15 mins per side....

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