2002 Vauxhall Corsa Problem

Tiny
FRASERS575
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  • 2002 VAUXHALL CORSA
  • 1.2L
  • 2WD
  • MANUAL
  • 95,000 MILES
Hi, I have a Vauxhall Corsa 02 plate that recently went through its MOT. When I first put it through it was refused because 'nearside front lower suspension arm rubber bush deteriorated resulting in excessive movement'. I was told this was fixed and then it passed the MOT but - especially when there is extra weight on the passenger side - it shudders when in first gear and I have been advised it may need an oil change. Can you give me your opinion on the problem please?
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Friday, February 20th, 2015 AT 12:11 PM

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Tiny
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An oil change is not related to a shudder. That shudder can have a lot of different meanings. If you feel it in the way the car accelerates, that may be due to a misfire and the need for new spark plugs or wires, and things like that. If you feel a shudder in the steering wheel when you first start out, and it goes away as the car speeds up, that is typically due to wear inside one of the inner cv joint housings.

Very often that wear goes unnoticed until other repairs are performed that affect the length of the half shaft, and that is exactly what can happen with a new lower control arm bushing. Those bushings, along with many other parts, affect where the rollers ride inside the cv joint housing. They roll back and forth to accommodate changes in length and angle as the car goes up and down over bumps, and as you turn. The wear takes place in a very limited area. When anything is done to change where those rollers travel, they will go in and out of the worn area. That allows them to bind when rolling over rough spots, particularly when under load, as in when accelerating.

If the shudder goes away when you let off the accelerator, suspect a worn inner cv joint housing. Your mechanic should know how to inspect them and how to identify the wear area. If he doesn't, I can explain it.
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Friday, February 20th, 2015 AT 12:37 PM
Tiny
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Hi. Many thanks for the swift reply.

If this is the case (which it sounds like it is), do you know how much roughly it would cost to replair on a Corsa?

Thank you
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Friday, February 20th, 2015 AT 12:49 PM
Tiny
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We don't get involved with costs here because there's way too many variables. I can share that rebuilt half shafts almost always cost a real lot less than just a new housing. I'm not familiar with your model, but with the cars I've repaired for this problem, the half shaft typically costs around $70.00 to $150.00, and it takes about an hour to replace. That doesn't include the diagnostic time to verify this is the cause of the problem.
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Friday, February 20th, 2015 AT 1:04 PM

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