Front Suspension 2008/2011 - 2012
While I had the engine and gearbox out and was waiting for the infamous radiator repairs to be done I took the opportunity to have a look at the front suspension units. They were making a fair bit of noise when the steering was turning, plus I was curious to see how these things worked.
2012. The car had developed a clunk in the front left suspension and grabbing the wheel you there was a lot of lateral movement. So time to strip the suspension down to see what the problem was. The top bush 38-73049 was badly worn, +50 thou in an oval fashion. New parts aren’t available so new ones had to be made. They needed to be case hardened and precision ground to .004” - .006” clearance - see below.
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