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Old 23-03-13, 10:38 AM   #1
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Hi I am hoping someone can give me some advice. I have a Peugeot 206 estate SW diesel 54 plate. I was having loud knocking from the rear especially when going over bumps or kerbs. Took to local garage and he advised a new/refurbished axle so got him to replace 300 for refurbed axle. The car now seems incredibly low and there is still a knocking from the rear it sounds like the exhaust clunking but this has been checked. The garage have blamed the axle supplier saying they have set the ride height too low. The axle supplier say that it is set in a jig and it is correct. They have sent replacement however I am not convinced this is the problem and I am reluctant to pay another 200 fitting costs. Any advice or suggestions would be most welcome it has just passed its MOT dont know if that eliminates any common problems. Thanks
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Old 23-03-13, 10:52 AM   #2
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206 SW axles are not prone to failure. They have a strengthening brace on them on both sides.
Make sure the noise is not the bottom shock bushings also.
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I would agree the sw axle is the one everyone wants because it lasts so much longer

Does the replacement have the extra bracing if not tell them they need to fit the correct one

If it is too low after replacement then the ridehight is not set correctly and you should not be paying ANY fitting costs car should leave the same way as it entered
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Thanks for the swift replies, are the bottom shock bushings something that can replaced easily without replacing the axle?

I really dont want to pay this guy to fit this axle if it is unnecessary, he reckons that im liable to pay again as I sourced the axle. I get the feeling he doesnt know what he is doing and its becoming ridiculous for what the car is actually worth.
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Just been checking and it does seem to have extra bracing, fitted. Should i just bite the bullet and take it to a main dealer?
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Just been checking and it does seem to have extra bracing, fitted. Should i just bite the bullet and take it to a main dealer?
Get them to at least check it.
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Thanks for the swift replies, are the bottom shock bushings something that can replaced easily without replacing the axle?

I really dont want to pay this guy to fit this axle if it is unnecessary, he reckons that im liable to pay again as I sourced the axle. I get the feeling he doesnt know what he is doing and its becoming ridiculous for what the car is actually worth.
To be honest we do these all the time and it can be done in 2 hours with 2 people working on it its not hard to do 4 bolts 2 pipes 2 cables !

What you are saying about the ride hight being lower makes me think the axle is the problem rather than the fitter but if you did soure the axle then it is your problem to a certain extent

Was axle a used one or a recon one as if used the car it was removed from might have been a gti180 these use the same axle as SW but will be lower

Shocker bushes can be swapped without axle coming off
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just to put my 2p in ive got the sw on a 53 plate had a mot in december halfords said the rear axle and bushes had gone, quoted over 400 to fix and pass, spent weeks sourcing a cheap axle and parts cos i couldnt afford the 400, i took it to a place which only does mot's without the axle being done, he said there was nothing wrong no play at all and passed it
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Having read these facts? I would be inclined to return to Halfords and ask for the appeal form, then go back to your backstreet MOT specialist and ask for the inverted appeal form, to gauge the reaction from both camps, then see what happens next. I understand that not everybody has the spare time or determination to enjoy the ensuing correspondence and aggro, but for OAP's like me, it's a new retirement hobby....

Inverted appeal on mechanical failure, up to thirty days, for corrosion problems, three months.

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Bit old now but want to say my 206 van always clunked going over bumps, it was due it's MOT last month and it passed, last week a mate was following me and flashed for me to pull over saying my O/S/R wheel was going side to side, I brought a new bearing to fit but found the shaft was knackered as it had been like this for some time, I was very lucky as I looked on ebay and found a good condition axle for 60 a mile from where I live and because I have drums on the rear I didn't even have to remove brake pipes just disconect every thing from axle and removed the brake back plates and tied them up out of the way it took me seven hours to do but I never had a trolley jack.

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