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post #14 of (permalink) Old 28th November 2005
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Sorry, yes I did the job on Saturday with my brother, though he's the mechanic.

Basically, a summary of the procedure for changing axle bushes is;

1:Lift car and remove wheels.
2isconnect ABS connector in OSR wheel arch.
3isconnect brake pipe unions NSR wheel arch.
4:Prop up NS hub, remove shock absorber bolt, and tap free. Remove prop carefully, and work spring free (note which way up it goes)
5:Repeat for offside, but ensure some of the weight is taken off the bushes.
6:The axle bushes are held in place by 2 bolts. Remove these.
7:The whole assembly slides towards the rear of the car, but will need "gentle" pressure with a lump hammer.
8:The bushes are handed, so check which is which.
9:Remove the old bushes by knocking the centre out, and cut the outer ring with a hacksaw, the old bush will then knock out.
10:Press the new bushes in with a hydraulic press, taking care not to damage the bush or it's lugs.
11:Spray some WD or similar onto the steel faces of the bushes to ease refitting.
12:Line the axle up so the bushes go straight back in. The axle is heavy, so get plenty of help. Tap the axle so the bushes are seated properly, and replace the bolts.
13:Refit springs, shock absorbers and brake unions, and reconnect ABS cable.
14:Bleed the brakes, refit wheels and check suspension travel is OK.

These are the basics of replacing the bushes, but you do need a ramp, and a hydraulic press available, otherwise it would be a long and tricky job.
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