Probably a frame bush the way you’re describing it ..awful lot cheaper than a diff .. bin through loads of bushes myself.. they are cheap but an upgrade to polyurethane is the rite way to go.. if it is the bushes then I’d sack your mechanic..he should have spotted that.. hope he’s not your mate.. sorry
p.s the bushes are easy to replace and available from redline.. if you are buying the rubber ones treat yourself to a couple of sets.
Thanks Johnh and everyone for your suggestions. It’s unlikely to be A frame bushes since the A frame was replaced around 500 miles ago but I’ll go round the car again looking for anything with play in it.
The drivetrain has had a hard life trying to get round Castle Combe sprints faster than everyone else which is why I suspected the diff. I have limited mobility so I think the best bet would be to run it over to James Whiting (who fitted the replacement Zetec) for a diagnosis before I start ripping the beast apart.
If anyone can suggest a competent mechanic nearer to me (Reading/Newbury/Basingstoke) I’d appreciate it.
Thanks again, Tony B.
Metallastic bushes can disintegrate in 500 miles d e pending on how and where driven and the amount of oil contamination. I wouldn't therefore rule this out. Polybushes would be better but the Powerflex options appear to be for Dedion rather that Ital LA. I'm not sure if they are the same bush but the Powerflex web site makes no mention of LA suitability
David "Sooty" Sutton - Full blown Carbon Tart
Polybushes would be better but the Powerflex options appear to be for Dedion rather that Ital LA. I'm not sure if they are the s s me bush but the Powerflex web site makes no mention of LA suitability
Crown wheel - teeth broken off?
If it does turn out to be the diff I have a 3.9 (open) one in good condition which is available. Let me know if that's of any interest.