front suspension noisy

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granviagra
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front suspension noisy

Postby granviagra » 28 Jan 2016, 19:29

i've had local mechanic look at noisy clatters from front suspension and he replaced drop links. STILL noisy though when over bumpy roads. Am I being unrealistic to expect a 20 year old van to reasonably quiet on country roads? I know its a hiace van so unrefined but i'm thinking of having most front suspension replaced.

Mike in France
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Re: front suspension noisy

Postby Mike in France » 29 Jan 2016, 14:21

According to the Toyota main dealer where my Granvia goes for the annual MoT the front suspension can get a bit "rattley" (their words) but when the drop link and anti-roll bar bushes are up to spec the suspension is quiet. My 20 year old Granvia is silent over all the road surfaces I come across in France but it has had the drop link and anti-roll bar bushes changed as a matter of course with Toyota parts. Pattern parts are often a false economy and the Toyota parts is not overly expensive and has been manufactured to the correct specification. The Toyota suspension top arms that include the ball joint are expensive compared to parts that you can obtain on eBay but using these cheap parts it has been known for a Granvia to fail an MoT test even after the "new" parts have been fitted.

granviagra
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Re: front suspension noisy

Postby granviagra » 08 Feb 2016, 20:19

hmmm I think I need to drive a good example to see what its like. when I drive my Vauxhall combo with same 90000 miles its nowhere as noisy over bumps and lumps.

Mike in France
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Re: front suspension noisy

Postby Mike in France » 09 Feb 2016, 09:52

I have a 1995 Granvia which was getting a bit noisy but changing the rubber bushes in the front suspension stopped all the noise. The car is a low mileage one but over time the bushes had hardened and hence the noise. Likewise, the upper suspension joints needed replacing because the rubber gaiters had perished and so let in moisture that caused the demise of the ball joints. So, if anyone tells you that "they all are like that", they do when the bushes need changing.

granviagra
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Re: front suspension noisy

Postby granviagra » 13 Mar 2016, 21:40

STILL got clunky suspension. No movement at all on the shaker At all and it would cruise an MOT. Bushes look fine and installed new shock absorbers.


I'm going to get new bump stops as the clunks happen on full lock also.

Any suggestions?

Mike in France
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Re: front suspension noisy

Postby Mike in France » 13 Mar 2016, 22:08

A noise on full lock is also caused by the "steering lock stops" plastic cap having worn through. Easily cured by replacing the plastic covers available from a Toyota dealer as they are a standard part and quite cheap.


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