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Suspense is unbearable

Asked by Sam Lynch

MY ALFA 156 feels like it has no shock absorbers at the front. I had a wheel alignment and balance done and was advised that the right rear lower retaining strut was bent, and that the front right shocker was ``gone''. Another assessment suggested that the drive-shaft input seal was leaking and loose, with excessive play, and could pop out. The car sometimes makes a grating noise when turning and the shockers needed replacing. The dealer in the country, from whom I bought the car, has now closed. The car is sitting in the garage not being driven, and has only done 14,000km. Any suggestions?

Answered by CarsGuide

19 Aug 2004 Carsguide.com.au

I HADN'T heard of this problem before, so I passed your comments on to Alfa importer Ateco. They say they would like to check the car themselves. They believe the suspension damage was probably caused by a heavy impact from a large pothole. They recommend, rightly, that you get the car to an Alfa dealer as soon as possible.

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