Q: I am planning for the total suspension job of my Fulvia. Scheduled sofar are:
- new De Carbon shock absorbers at the front
- look through my used parts stock for straight lower wishbones and replace the slightly bent ones
- fill up the play on all AR bar rubbers both at the front and the rear
- clean and regrease the steering balls
- the idler box is making noises. Will be taken apart and either rebushed (with one of those modern self lubricating plastics) or replaced with one with a nipple.
- if at all possible clean and regrease the top and bottom balljoints.
- there is minimal play on the right front wheel, partially one steering ball, one balljoint and the bearing. If there are better ones in my stock, I will replace the steering ball and the balljoint. Otherwise they will be left as they are.
- the play on the bearing is strange, because a new bearing was put in 25.000 kms ago (by someone else, since I didnot have the tools then). Since then I tightened the outer nut (using a 1 meter extension pipe). You think the inner nut can cause play?
A: Your plan about suspension rebuild seems to be OK.
Item #3: the only solution is to replace AR bushes with new ones.
Note that for #5. some people advise against using self-lubricating plastic bushes for the steering idler box because they are too soft.
For #6 I know that some people have drilled and fitted grease nipples to the swivel ball joints if the latter are of the self-lubricating type.
#8: I very much doubt that a slightly loose inner bearing retaining nut may cause free play at the wheel. In any case there is a metal clip which should prevent any nut movement.
- Andrea -