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Rear suspension lower arms (Saloon/Hatchback models) - removal and refitting
Suspension and steering systems / Rear suspension lower arms (Saloon/Hatchback models) - removal and refitting


Removal
1 Chock the front wheels, then jack up the rear of the vehicle and support it on axle stands. Remove the appropriate rear wheel.

Front lower arm
2 To remove the front lower arm, it is necessary to remove the fuel tank first. Refer to Chapter 4 for details.

3 Unscrew the nut and disconnect the antiroll bar link from the lower arm. Hold the actual link with an adjustable spanner or grips while unscrewing the nut, to prevent damage to the link joint. Recover the rubber bush.

4 Unscrew and remove the bolt securing the front lower arm to the knuckle.

5 Unscrew and remove the bolt securing the front lower arm to the crossmember.

6 Withdraw the front lower arm from under the vehicle.

Rear lower arm
7 Unscrew and remove the bolt securing the rear lower arm to the knuckle.

8 The bolt securing the rear lower arm to the crossmember has an eccentric head and spacer, which are used to adjust the rear toe setting. Before removing this bolt, mark its position, using a scriber or similar sharp instrument through the aperture in the crossmember.

9 Unscrew and remove the bolt securing the rear lower arm to the crossmember (see illustration). The bolt may be removed through the aperture in the crossmember.

Recover the eccentric spacer.

14.9 Bolt securing the rear lower arm to the crossmember
14.9 Bolt securing the rear lower arm to the crossmember

10 Withdraw the rear lower arm from under the vehicle.

Refitting
11 Refitting is a reversal of the removal procedure, but the arm mounting bolts should be finger-tightened initially, and only fully tightened after the vehicle is lowered to the ground, so that its weight is on the rear suspension. Note that the rear lower arm is marked УTOPФ for correct refitting (see illustration). The rear toe setting should be checked, and if necessary adjusted, at the earliest opportunity.

14.11 УTOPФ marking on the rear lower arm
14.11 УTOPФ marking on the rear lower arm


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