Abarth Cars => Abarth 124 Spider => Topic started by: darronb1967 on July 23, 2020, 01:22:52 pm

Title: Creaking rear suspension over speed bumps
Post by: darronb1967 on July 23, 2020, 01:22:52 pm
Hello one and all (nod to STG there !)
I have recently purchased a 2018 Abarth 124 Spider privately. Great car in great condition apart from the fact that over speed bumps the rear suspension is creaking quite badly. The car handles fine, any ideas before I contact the dealer ? Also would I be right in saying that the RM exhaust is only covered for 2 years from new as my valve has seized (thankfully open). My car was 2yrs old in March.
Title: Re: Creaking rear suspension over speed bumps
Post by: ArdsAbarthist on July 29, 2020, 05:32:22 pm
I was intrigued by your comment about the seized valve in the Record Monza exhaust fitted to your Spider, so when my local garagiste was checking for damage to the underside of mine today after an encounter with a loose rock in the middle of the road, I asked him to look at my exhaust valve. Lo and behold, it was jammed in the open position. Or so we thought initially until a closer inspection revealed two tack welds, one at each opposite side of the valve’s pivot post! Is this as Officine Abarth intended? And if so, why?
I shall quiz my dealer in the morning.
P.s. thankfully no damage from the errant rock was found, in case you were wondering.
Oh, and my rear suspension creaks periodically as well, most notably as the handbrake is released during a hill start. I wonder if some of the suspension bushes are exhibiting a bit of “stiction”. The car still handles brilliantly though so I will wait and see if anything develops.