My problem seems to be a common problem, I am getting some noise from the back end well I think its the back end everyone else agrees with me it is at the back, I get a low grumble when traveling slowly I first noticed it on Friday night when I was slowing down at a round about on my way to Sheffield I thought it was breaks but the noise was also present when we were stuck in traffic with no use of breaks. I have also occasionally when going over maybe a manhole cover or a repaired part of road that the suspension seems to kick a little more than it should rather than just killing the jolt it doesn't. the left does it the right doesnt seem to and it isnt every time.
I have read threads on here with similar problems, I thought wheel bearings at first as did my mate in the car but I had a mondeo in the past and it's bearings had gone also but the noise was there at high speed also, I tested for this by raising the passenger side rear wheel and checking for movement, which there was none.
I checked for the upper control arm bushes with the car lowered and tried to move the wheel in and out from the top of the wheel again no movement other than the whole car.
I thought maybe the shocks had gone so bouncing on the back end the car went down and then settled when I got off no constant bounceing. maybe a spring has broke so I took the weel off and took a few photos for you guy to see if you can see anything wrong, I'm not mechanically minded but will have a go at a few things.
I also read that the anti roll bar bushes wear out so had a look at those but don't know how they should be to start.
Overview, can anyone see anything wrong?
Spring upper bit
Lower part of the spring
more spring, it doesnt look broken?
Upper control arm bushes, looks ok to me? and there wasn no movement in and out when I tried to move the wheel both on the ground and in the air. the other side is blurred so I won't up load that it does look the same no bits missing.
The other end of the control arm, seems normal?
Anti roll bad bush, now this doesn't look right but I don't know really, it seems to have a gap at the top, but the car is raised at this point so it could just be gravity?
and a close up
And the shock absorber, I hear if they are knackered they usually have oil on them the bits I saw were dry.
I am a former company car user and never taken any active role in looking after a car other than changeing wheels, filling screen wash and checking tyre pressure and wear. everything else was done during serviceing every 4 to 6 months as I covered a fair few miles, I no longer do the same mileage any more. so am checking oil and other stuff to make sure it is ok.
So does this break pad look ok?