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Rear suspension knuckle (Estate models) - removal and refitting
Suspension and steering systems / Rear suspension knuckle (Estate 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, and release the handbrake.

2 Position a trolley jack or axle stand beneath the rear suspension lower arm, to keep the coil spring in compression.

3 Where applicable, remove the ABS sensor as described in Chapter 9.

Drum brake models
4 Remove the rear brake drum as described in Chapter 9.

5 Disconnect the flexible hydraulic brake hose at the bracket on the rear suspension crossmember as described in Chapter 9.

Disc brake models
6 Remove the rear brake disc as described in Chapter 9.

All models
7 Remove the rear hub as described in Section 17.

8 Remove the backplate or splash shield, as applicable. On drum brake models, support the backplate assembly on an axle stand, to prevent damage to the handbrake cable.

9 Unscrew and remove the shock absorber lower mounting bolt.

10 Unscrew and remove the three bolts securing the tie-bar to the knuckle.

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

12 Unscrew and remove the bolt securing the upper arm to the knuckle.

13 Support the knuckle, then unscrew and remove the bolt securing the rear lower arm to the knuckle, and withdraw the knuckle.

Refitting
14 Refitting is a reversal of the removal procedure, but delay fully tightening the rubber bush mounting bolts until the weight of the vehicle is on the suspension. Tighten all bolts to the specified torque. Where the flexible rear brake hose was disconnected, bleed the hydraulic system as described in Chapter 9. Finally check, and if necessary adjust, the rear wheel toe setting as described in Section 36.


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