Ok whenever I go over bumps the front left wheel I can hear a knocking/rattle sound. It started out soft and its getting louder and more frequent over even the smallest of bumps.
At first i thought it was a spring or something but I've jacked up the car and its all good, no movement there.
So then I tried to move the wheel, and the bloody wheel moves about 3mm side to side, but not upwards and downwards.
I thought it was a wheel bearing, so took it to Lynford to confirm this and get prices..etc and he said since it doesnt move up or down its something to do with the steering. He said go home, have the wheel at almost full lock to see inside good, then move the wheel by hand and see whats loose.
Well he was right and there is something loose.
Heres a picture of the bit thats got movement --> http://austin.axg.net/temp/movement.jpg
(yes the nut is upside down, i'll explain below)
and a video to show just how much play there is - http://austin.axg.net/temp/movement.avi
Well I tried tightening the nut and bloody hell I swear if I tried any harder i would have snapped the spanner! it budged maybe a 10th of a turn and thats it. I dont want to snap or thread anything.
Now reason why I think its come loose, is that about a year or so ago my mate had to undo that bolt for some reason, and when he went to put it back on we tried for like 20 mins to get it on, it would not go on as if the thread was rooted, so he had the smart idea to try it upside down.. well it fit after a bit of convincing and we couldnt put the pin into it like you normally do when its the right way.
Well I rekon over time its slowly become loose, or maybe something else has happened.. i dunno... but im not sure how to fix this problem!!
Anyone ever had a similar problem, its very annoying and I need to get it fixed.
Cheers, any comments appreciated, and sorry for the long story. Thought it would be best to explain fully.