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Old 12th September 2020, 18:20   #1
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Default Front lower wishbones issue - poor fitting/parts?

Hi all.

Would appreciate some opinions here. Had a pair of lower wishbones bushes fitted quite recently, at the beginning of August, as they were mot advisories.

We now seem to have a little bit of a knock from driver's side - not sure if immediately after the above work, we're not driving much at the moment. It happens at slow speeds, sometimes turning and sometimes on rough ground (not speed bumps). It isn't that much of a knock.

First suspect for me was the drop link, but I can't detect any movement. So I raised that side onto stands and tried levering the wheel about a bit..... Couldn't find the knock, but noticed the wishbone bush on that side looks odd..... Picture attached.

Poor quality part separating and working rearwards? Is that a plastic inner? Or just poorly fitted?

It's clear where the bush was (or the original one was).

I'll upload pictures of the other side on the first reply, that looks ok to me and the inner appears metallic .... So 2 different parts it would appear.

(As a footnote I had asked them to fit the dgmrs ones, but they won't do customer supplied parts. )

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Pictures of other side, which looks ok to me

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Both are wrong, the OS one has separated and needs replacing, the NS one has not been fitted correctly.
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Both are wrong, the OS one has separated and needs replacing, the NS one has not been fitted correctly.
Hi Phil. Thanks for the reply.... But what's wrong with the fitting of the NS one please?

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The only thing you should be seeing at the rear of the bush is approx 1/4 inch of the arm poking out, not the bush material!
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Agree with Phil, that's not right, either cheap and nasty parts or fitted by a ham-fisted oaf.............. or both!
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The only thing you should be seeing at the rear of the bush is approx 1/4 inch of the arm poking out, not the bush material!
It's been fitted correctly, the bolts will put the line up in the perfect position, but the bonding of the bush in the carrier and the tightness of the fit are non existent. The bush centre is slowly working backwards every time it moves, it's not flexing in the carrier, it's just rotating until it falls out. This is a poor item and you need to get your money back.
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What make are the arms please?
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To me it looks like either the arms are a bit too big or the bushes a bit too small, so the arms haven't gone as far into the bushes as they should have.
Whoever fitted them should have dressed the hexagonal flats of the arms with a file to ensure a good snug but not too tight a fit - easily and quickly done as they are aluminium.
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What make are the arms please?
No idea I'm afraid, never changed in my ownership. Bushes were garage supply and fit, again don't know the brand(s)

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