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    Droplink clunking advice

    A few weeks ago my Coupe was clunking when braking/accelerating and going over bumps in the road at low speeds, I took it to the local garage expecting it to be the droplinks and they advised this was the problem, so new droplinks fitted and the clunking was cured. But, after washing the car this weekend the clunk seems to be back ...... how can this be?

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    i think i have this same problem, i dont notice it in breaking or accelerating but when going over speedbumps i get like a wierd sorta grindy squeaking, is that the droplinks? if so are they hard to replace? some-one also monetioned something about bushes?
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    I've just changed my droplinks on my Combo and it was straight forward enough, I assume the Astra will be the same.

    Spary plenty of penetraing oil on the nut before you try to undo it, the only problem you will encounter is that when you undo the nut the whole bolt turns because it is a ball joint. On the Combo ones you can use an allen key to stop them turning but using this method need to undo the nut with a spanner rather than a socket, alternativly I used a pair of mole grips to stop the bolt from turning.
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    ok cool, so i guess thats the cause of my noise?
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    Grab hold of the droplinks and see if there's any play in them. There should be little or no movement, if there is then I'll bet they are the culprit. The passenger side one on my Combo had alot of play in it but drivers side one was ok. I replaced both anyway.
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    cool thanks, can i get at them to grab hold of by just jacking up or do i need to get the wheel off?
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    When I checked mine I had the wheel on the ground and just turned them full lock so I could hold the rod and I could feel the movement in it just by grasping it.

    If you've got the time it might be a good idea to take the wheels off and have a closer look, mine where obviously badly worn as there was a lot of movement (I think it was damage as a result of hitting a pothole back in November). Slight play might not be so obvious without having a close look.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Stoksie View Post
    ok cool, so i guess thats the cause of my noise?
    replace the droplinks, they all wear in the joints. you need and 18mm socket on the nut and a 17mm spanner on the flats at the back of the link rod, to stop the thread spinning, plenty of penetrating fluid and maybe a breaker bar

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    So any idea's on mine?

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    Quote Originally Posted by nick1983 View Post
    So any idea's on mine?
    it is posible that the new droplinks are faulty, but i would return it to the garage that did the work for you as you paid them to sort the problem in the first place

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