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Exhausts and engine mounts
I had a new exhaust fitted earlier this year to my 1986 80 (1.8 4-cyl).
Since then I've had to take it back to the garage twice, to fix a problem
with the new exhaust clonking against the body when going over large
bumps. The first 'clonk' came from the rear, which they seem to have
fixed. The second comes from the front of the car (sounds as though
it's near the transmission).
When I took it back the second time, they said they'd adjusted it a bit,
but thet there was a limit to what they could do, because one of the engine
mounts was worn, so that the whole exhaust system wasn't correctly
This sounds a bit dubious to me. If the engine's sinking on its mounts,
then the exhaust is surely going to ride further from the body? Are there
any other symptoms of worn mounts - difficulty in changing gear, for
example? I haven't noticed anything.
We're thinking of selling this car, and it's slightly embarrasing when
the exhaust makes loud mechanical noises during test drives ;-)
Alasdair Mackintosh Shape Data, EDS Unigraphics
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