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Old 21-06-2004   #1
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Marea 1.8 HLX Anti Roll Bar

My father has a 99 Marea 1.8 HLX and is having problems with the front anti roll bar. The links disconnect and the bar makes a heavy clunking noise on the slightest bump. I believe this is a very common problem.

It has been with a couple of Fiat dealers here in Dublin. One said that Fiat have a modification that can be installed to correct the problem. Another dealer says that no such modification is available and that you just have to live with it.

It's not that difficult to fix, but the fix only lasts for a couple of weeks. Can anyone advise of a more permanent solution?

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Hi Ken and welcome to the forum :D

First thought would be to get the dealer who knows about it to fit the mod.

Second thought would be to check the bushes. Sorry I can't be of more help but I have not had that problem, (yet), on my P97.

Let us know how you get on.:)

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Have the same problem with mine, and you can't just buy the bushes, they are all part of the anti roll bar. I moved mine back, and as you say it only lasts a couple of weeks. I am going to try to weld something near the bushes, to stop it moving, but haven't had time yet. I haven't heard about a mod, but will ask my local dealers,and let you know.
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the mod you speak of consists of two small clamps which you fit onto both ends of the anti roll bar too stop it from moving.
its a proper fiat part however ive not done one in about 4 years so good luck finding one :D
on the plus side you could probly get the same effect by using 2 small exhaust clamps on the roll bar.

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Tried all my local dealers, and none of them had heard of the mod. All they wanted was to sell me a new anti roll bar. Will keep trying.
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just make your own, the fiat clamps are a pain in the ass too fit anyway.

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Use Jubilee clips:)
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Re: Marea 1.8 HLX Anti Roll Bar

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Question Re: Marea 1.8 HLX Anti Roll Bar

Hi folks,
I've got a '98 Weekend 2.0 20v and have had this problem since I bought it.
I've tried changing both front swing arms (wishbones) and anti-roll droplinks but the "clunk" is still there and getting worse!
I was starting to think along the lines of the rollbar itself moving - glad to find someone knows about the problem as all the mechanics I've tried couldn't find it! Has anyone got any detailed desriptions of where/how to fit the clamps, or better yet any piccies??

Any advice gratefully received.

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Re: Marea 1.8 HLX Anti Roll Bar

I've got the same problem on my 2.4TD HLX... it was a bit of a mystery until the garage put it up on one of the drive on ramps and you can see that the anti roll bar catches (on mine anyway) on the end of a bolt on what looks like a ball joint or something on the suspention... anyway, if you jack the car up so that the wheel drops down, you can't see the problem.

The mechanic an I compared both sides and we could see that teh whole anti roll bar had shifted over a little bit and also the side that clunks looks slightly out of shape compared to the ok side.

The mechanic put a big crow bar to it and shifted it back a fraction, fixed the clunk for a bit but it's starting to come back now...

Anyway I'm going to get the end of that bolt removed because it stickes out nearly an inch too long anyway, so that should help and the garage said that they would have a proper look at it and try heating it up a bit to bend it back across to where it should be...

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Re: Marea 1.8 HLX Anti Roll Bar

Mine is awful too. Every time I go over a speed bump or a large pothole in the road I get a large clunk coming from near the drivers wheel/suspension.

At first I thought it was something to do with my suspension but after reading this and many other threads I have come to the conclusion it is the anti roll bar.

The only problem is, I don't know how to locate or get to it
Ah well, I will just have to slow right down over bumps!
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Re: Marea 1.8 HLX Anti Roll Bar

I've just realised when reading this thread that I may have the same problem. I thought I had hit a stone or something in the road but it has happened three times this week and the deep 'thunk' sound must be the Anti Roll bar. My question is, like previous post, how would I prove this theory?

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Re: Marea 1.8 HLX Anti Roll Bar

I too have the same wandering anti rollbar. It just keeps creeping in its brackets towards the nearside of the car until the offside end hits the suspension bracketry. It takes some drifting back, a lot of brute force needed. My mate who works at local Fiat garage parts dept says the only fix is a new roll bar with tabs welded in place to stop drifting, costs around 280 for part and labour. I will knock mine back into position again this week and have a go at welding some sort of stop on to the bar adjacent to bulkhead mountings. Will keep you informed on success or failure!
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Re: Marea 1.8 HLX Anti Roll Bar

Is this a problem with almost every Marea? If so when I buy mine I'll check to see if any modification has been done to the anti rollbar.
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Re: Marea 1.8 HLX Anti Roll Bar

I'm a little worried about this. My Marea has developed a knocking when turning left that I've put down to a knackered CV joint. Is it more likely to be the anti roll bar?
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