Just got a 2004 Opel Vectra Estate 2.2 diesel, approx 65000 miles on bad and bumpy roads, and AFAIK the car has only got 2 ordinary service, and probably is no parts in wheel / suspension ever changed. And it feels heavy and nervous in the front, kindof like a bathtub in the North Sea compared to my old car Citroźn Xsara 2001 estate. Not like the Vectra should be, huh No clicking/ticking noise when driving, except from a squeek in the spring/damper on left side, the first minutes of driving.
So, I want to service it properly, and change all parts who are, or will be soon, worned, and then have the wheel allignement adjusted and wheels properly balanced.
What parts should normally be replaced?
Of course the damper itself. Ill guess that is a complete unit with all the "bone", not only the damper.
I see that several here talks about bad / broken spring. I cannot find anything wrong with mine, but I have'nt checked thorough. Only a quick look when changing tyres, and it looked quite clean and OK. Should I change them now when I change the dampers?
Other things to change? Steering joints, outer/inner or both? Any bushings? Anti-roll bars/joints? Top bearings at dampers, dust caps?
I dont have any intention to lower the car, and since I don't know how stiff the suspension is when new/good, I stick to standard stiffness for now, and eventually change to stiffer / thighter in future.
Normally our car is used as a family car, so no really hard driving, but we have very bad and curvy roads where we live, so we really need a solid everyday-suspension
Regarding buying parts, I live in Norway, so it is a Opel with steering at left side. Have never serviced on a Opel before, but experienced (as hobby) with Citroźn, Mazda, and a bunch of motorcycles, so Ill guess it should be straightforward to do the Opel? I see they use alot Torx, so I have got some more Torx tools than I already had.
Should I go for original parts, or other brand? I can probably get KYB double-action gas-filled dampers. I belive they only make standard and not "sport" versions, but I have used KYB several times, and are quite happy with the result on my other cars. Other / better brands?
Thanks alot for all suggestions