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HughieW
PostPosted: Tue Jul 24, 2018 1:53 pm 
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PostPosted: Tue Jul 24, 2018 2:28 pm 
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Thanks guys - the mechanic re-greased and re-used the old bearings as they weren't included in the 'strut repair kit' I bought :|

That's interesting about light steering maZZda - my steering is quite heavy actually. Do these look right, they look a bit cheap and nasty? https://www.ebay.co.uk/itm/NEW-2x-Mazda ... XQbcRQ4tD6


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maZZda
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They look the same as the original ones.As sizes i don't know.But if you find metal axial bearings this will give you the best lightness in the steering wheel, better than new plastic ones.
But that will be a custom or DIY job.
I have somewhere in my pile of old parts maybe four of those plastic bearings.Used, but had no problems with them to the day i switched to coilovers and they are sittind ever since.If you like i can give(send them to you) to try with them if you dont want to buy new ones.But the sending price could be more than new ones!? I don't know.
As i don't think i'll switch back to stock shocks, i don't need the bearings and i give them to you for free.
That is if you want ofcourse..


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Thanks mate, that's really generous of you, but I think I will be best buying new ones. There was no issue with mine either until the springs were changed, so maybe something to do with them being used in one place for years, and then re-used in a slightly different position when put back together? I reckon more used ones might have the same problem. The car is driving fine anyway, and it only happens at very low speeds, so I think I will leave them alone for now. Spent a fortune on future-proofing lately with full underbody rust treatment and all new suspension, brakes, custom exhaust and still have a couple of others jobs to finish off. I will get some barings ordered though so that I can get them done if it gets any worse. Thanks again for your help :)


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da2el
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Hello again. The car is still doing the noises and I kind of gave up looking for a solution.

Bearings are new and greased, in fact everything is new and was mounted and re-mounted a couple of times. I got tired of spending money because it is not a cheap job
For me the issue is what maZZda said before "That may be the paint of the springs rubbing in to the rubber pads"
I didn't tried the WD40 fix because I'm affraid it gets too loose and it is kind of an important safety part. That's my biggest concern now because the noise every now and then I'm already used to

I'm not sure I've shared this already but it gets worse on the summer if I leave the car under the hot sun. On the winter it happens many less times so let's enjoy now :)


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maZZda
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They should have settled or worn out the paint till now.
Are you sure that it's not bearings?
The temperature dependance you mention is pushing my mind back to them..


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da2el
PostPosted: Sun Jan 13, 2019 8:11 pm 
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Why would the temperature have influence in the bearings?
I won't say you are not right but as they are the cheapest part I've changed them already 2 times
Anyway why not give a try with some original ones? Maybe I'lll try it soon. I think by now only the driver side is giving me problems and it should be quick to replace as there is no need to disasemble the spring-shock I think


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maZZda
PostPosted: Sun Jan 13, 2019 8:50 pm 
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Yeah, you need to dissasemble the spring-shock asembly for the bearings.
Plastick do suffer from temperature diferences, i'm not 100% sure but this noises that you described i heard from alot of cars and all are solved with change of bearings and one was without a bearing(a friend put coilovers to his BMW, but had no bearing in the complect and the spring clunked on turns :lol: )


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HughieW
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Hey da2el - I just re-read the first page about how your spring hats aren't necessarily pointing the same way as on the diagram - is this still true? If so, this could be the issue.

Your diagram is correct, and is how the spring hats should be mounted (so the wider part of the hat faces outwards)

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da2el
PostPosted: Tue Jan 15, 2019 4:46 pm 
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Hey Hughie thanks for the warning but that was fixed at that time
I hope that nothing got screwed for good for being wrongly mounted
It's unbelievable how "specialists" don't know how to do properly their work...


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HughieW
PostPosted: Tue Jan 15, 2019 4:53 pm 
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Phew :shock: have the noises stopped?

You're right about the "specialists" - hence why I do everything myself, apart from fitting tyres! :oops: I don't trust anyone!

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HughieW wrote:
Phew :shock: have the noises stopped?

You're right about the "specialists" - hence why I do everything myself, apart from fitting tyres! :oops: I don't trust anyone!

I don't trust "specialists" either, that's why I had Hughie fit Sundance's new suspension :lol:

Two years later and no problems so far! Thanks mate! :thumbleft:

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