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[Steering & Suspension] Noisy Front suspension!
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So my front suspension decided to go the way of many other Berlingos and start to get really noisy in the last few weeks. I knew the top mounts were on the way out as the steering had started to get "stiff" when turning and when turning from standing still, I could hear the front springs twang!

My 2008 B9 Multispace has covered 80000 miles [about 128,750 Km] so I knew something had to be done. Checked all the threads about front suspension on here bought a new set of top mounts/bearings. Got a complete Lemforder kit for about £55 delivered.

Changed them on my last days off [there were corroded and stiff] and great no more stiffness or twanging of springs, the only problem was the suspension was still extremely noisy every time I went over a bump/pothole!

I had previously replaced [in the last six months or so] the anti-roll bar links and track rods, inners and outers as all were worn. Checked more threads on here and found one with a reply from "lighty" stating that often the front shocks can cause the noise and sure enough, that proved to be the case on my vehicle. Although neither seemed that bad when I took them out, I did notice that both had sideways play of the damping rod. Fitted two new Meyle shocks [£43 each] and now finally the front doesn't sound like the car is going to fall apart when going over a bump Smile  

Changing the shocks and top mounts is pretty straightforward and access is fine once you take off the top rain scuttle [remove the wiper arms and then the scuttle is held on by two 10mm bolts, one either end and a Torx bolt in the middle]

A second person is required when dropping out/fitting in the new shock to hold it from underneath [teenage son came in handy Wink ]     

Remember when tightening the top nut on the shock for both the mounts and the shock itself, to make sure you are holding the centre damping rod still with either an allen key or a torx bit [my new shocks required a 6mm key, while the old one that I took out had a T45 Torx fitting]

Other obvious piece of tooling required is a set of spring compressors. Make sure you have a decent set as you don't want a spring flying off in your face!!
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#2
Good work & glad my previous information was of some help.
The suspension on the B9 does seem a bit weak , it's best to change it all in one go if the budget will stretch to it.
Frosty mornings will be upon us soon, so broken springs will become even more common than they already are.
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Some good tips there multispacer. Im looking at lowering my van, and not sure wether to DIY or get a garage to do so. Cheers


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