Knock knock knock­ing

Car Mechanics (UK) - - Tales From The Workshop -

Mo­torists will put up with a lot of knocks and creaks from their ve­hi­cle, but the one prob­lem that does make them seek a rem­edy is the con­stant knock­ing of a link arm balljoint. This light but con­stant knock at ev­ery hump and bump in the road is of­ten the rea­son we get to see oth­er­wise ne­glected ve­hi­cles.

This 1998 Peu­geot 406 LX had cov­ered a few miles in its life­time and the owner was used to a few creaks from the sus­pen­sion as he drove around the less-thans­mooth lo­cal roads. But the knock­ing from the failed link arms was too much and needed to be rec­ti­fied.

When we de­tached the anti-roll bar link arms from this Peu­geot it was clear that they must have been wear­ing for quite a while. The ball and socket joints were so badly worn that the two com­po­nents sim­ply fell apart.

The anti-roll bar link arms were badly in need of re­place­ment and must have been fail­ing for a while.

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