At 08:57 PM 7/20/98 -0400, you wrote:
>Adrian Jones wrote:
>> Well, folks, its up to you now.
>> I had posted this on the main MG list, but with no luck.
>> This is on a MG Midget with wire wheels. Go very slow and then take the
>> foot off the gas pedal and there is an immediate ""CLONK" from the back
>> (sounds like the back driver's side wheel)
>> It's getting worse - scared the wife.
>> There's no play in the wheels or the U joints. Am I due to replace the
>> back end?
>> This may be beyond my capabilities. Anybody have a ballpark on R&R, with a
>> used backend?
>> Thanks to all, Adrian
>Some things to check.....
>Loose or broken leaf spring.
>Bad leaf spring bushings.
>Loose brake parts inside the drum.
>Loose brake back plate.
>If it is the rear end, put the car in 1st gear, engine off, brake off,
>and rock the car a bit. This should locate the noise a little closer.
>Rock the car from behind, stand on either side and try it to locate the
>If it is the diff, it's not that bad a job.
>Used diffs go from $25-$50 (realistic prices all you parts hounds)
>It should take a first timer about 4 hours.
>I have pulled mine in a parking lot of a car show with minimal tools and
>a little help from a concrete block and some friends. (Right Les?)
>Frank Clarici Toms River, NJ
I couldn't have heard better news. The clonk that I had a while back?
Well, I thought I heard it again Saturday am, though it was much more
subdued in volume than before. Anway, among your list of things to check
is something you know I am in the midst of - replacing the rear suspension
bushings. My leaf spring bushings were in terrible, terrible shape. Will
be interesting to see if the clonk returns with the new bushings in. If
so, I'll move along down the rest of your list. Like Adrian, I don't seem
to have play in my wheels or u-joint.
Thanks for the advice.
Burgundy 1974 Midget