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I am sorry that you haven't had a reply in ten days. At 45,000 miles I would say that the rear suspension very likely needs re-bushing. As you seem to be aware the Lag ll is notorious for this, more so with the 17" wheels and 225/45 tyres as the tyre walls are less flexible so increase the wear rate on the bushes.
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post #17 of 418 (permalink) Old 10th January 2006
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What tyres do you have ? What pressures do you have in the tyres ?

Rear bushes can be easily checked for wear but do not mention that you suspect anything to the garage or quick fit fitter just to avoid wool over eyes syndrome..

Rear bush wear can normally be heard with a distinct metallic "clonk" if you travel over a small kerb pothole etc etc etc..

Another thing to consider is the condition of the road surface..

Without wishing to sound patronising currently roads are pretty greasy and still have a coating of salt / grit from the recent cold snap..
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I guess these rear suspension mounts are a problem??.I failed a Laguna 2(51 plate 1.8 Dynamique 73000miles)on MOT today for this very problem.The rubber section of the bush was debonded from the metal outer and allowed the axle to move an alarming amount!.It also failed on front lower joints.I have never seen joints worn as badly as these were,there was a massive amount of movement in them.Together with 3 17" tyres(even budget tyres seemed ridiculusly expensive) and some other bits the customers wallet is going to be a lot lighter!.For a car that is only 4 years old I was shocked.I think I'll keep my trusty old Mk1 Laguna!!

P.S.If you need front joints then get genuine wishbones(you can't get the joints separately!!??).These were half the price we were quoted for some aftermarket wishbones,and guess what,our Renault dealer had loads in stock!(another common fault??).
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clck for more info on wishbone arm

Kumho tyres are around £80 a corner and well worth it..

The wishbone arm assembly is expensive and I agree that this ball joint should not wear so quickly but I assume the phase 2 design is improved..
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I think there is at least a prob with the rear axle bushes - the car is due for it's MOT shortly, so I will see if the local garage can see anything amiss. I don't think the greasy roads are the main factor here ( my wifes MG TF feels v solid on the same roads). Driving the car today it felt weird again, stepping out slightly on a roundabout. One thing that stands out is that the fault is more pronounced on R/H bends, possibly indicating more wear on one side(with our roundabouts we tend to turn right more than left). I have had a four wheel track done, but will repeat this once I nail what's wrong...
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