My one(1997 1.2 75 SX) did a head gasket at 35 500 miles. I'm just a shade
off 50 000 now and have parked her up so as to change it. Think she's on
the verge of another one. Also I've just started to get an odd "clunking
come rattle" sound and I think It's coming from the left wheel. Is this
indicitive of the bearing starting to fail?
Clunking may indicate CV joint. A shot front wheel bearing is more
of a grinding noise, a bit louder when turning, it gets progressively
worse over about 200 miles. May not show up with no weight
(jacked up) on the wheel, except to a trained ear, though there
might be slight play. A disc shield if it's fatigue fractured, so it's
only holding on one bolt, can also rattle, and be hard to find
unless you suspect it, since it only rattles on bumps, potholes
etc. Once did 150 miles, and was down to about 20 mph come
the end, on a shot front bearing, but wouldn't have wanted to take it
much further. Taken out it had a badly chewed track and the
balls weren't much better.
Thanks for the feed back ato_zee.
Interseting what you said about the disk shield as I only hear the noise
if I'm going over a pothole or speed bump Might be the CV joint but I
doubt it as position of the wheel makes no diffrence to the noise. Most
cars with CV joint problems that I've heard turning makes the noise worse.
This sound more like some thing loose.
Thanks again for your help and feel free to offer an opinon.
Only other instance of an intermittent clunk is where a pair of
all-thread bolts had been used to attach the hub to the strut. These
bolts invariably rust in solid and without an airline impact driver
are knackered getting them out. Putting in an equivalent size
all-thread leaves a bit of play, hence an occasional clunk when
putting power on and braking. Depending on how tight the
two nuts are it can be frustratingly intermittent and hard to pin
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