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Rear suspension tie-bar (Saloon/Hatchback models) - removal and refitting
Suspension and steering systems / Rear suspension tie-bar (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.

2 Disconnect the handbrake cable from the tie-bar bracket on the underbody.

3 Unscrew and remove the bolt securing the tie-bar bracket to the rear suspension knuckle.

4 Unscrew the bolts securing the tie-bar bracket to the underbody, and withdraw the bracket from the vehicle (see illustration).

15.4 Tie-bar bracket on the underbody
15.4 Tie-bar bracket on the underbody

5 Mount the bracket in a vice, then unscrew and remove the bolt, and remove the tie-bar from the bracket.

6 It is not possible to renew the rubber bushes - if they are worn excessively, the tiebar should be renewed complete.

Refitting
7 Refitting is a reversal of the removal procedure. The bracket-to-underbody bolts should be fully tightened to the specified torque before lowering the vehicle. The bolts securing the tie-bar to the bracket and knuckle 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.


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