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

2 Using a trolley jack, support the rear lower arm beneath the coil spring position.

3 Unscrew and remove the bolt securing the rear shock absorber to the knuckle.

4 Where applicable, release the ABS wheel sensor lead from the tie-bar.

5 Detach the handbrake cable from the tiebar bracket.

6 Refer to Chapter 9, and disconnect the handbrake cable from the rear brake shoes or rear caliper, as applicable. Pass the cable through the hole in the tie-bar.

7 Unscrew and remove the three bolts securing the tie-bar to the knuckle (see illustration).

25.7 Bolts (arrowed) securing the rear suspension tie-bar to the knuckle
25.7 Bolts (arrowed) securing the rear suspension tie-bar to the knuckle

8 Unbolt the tie-bar bracket from the underbody, and withdraw the assembly from under the vehicle (see illustrations).

25.8A Tie-bar bracket front bolt (arrowed) on the underbody
25.8A Tie-bar bracket front bolt (arrowed) on the underbody

25.8B Tie-bar bracket rear bolt (arrowed) on the underbody
25.8B Tie-bar bracket rear bolt (arrowed) on the underbody

9 Mount the tie-bar in a vice, then unscrew the bolt, and separate the tie-bar from its bracket.

10 It is not possible to renew the rubber bush in the tie-bar, and if it is excessively worn, the complete tie-bar must be renewed.

Refitting
11 Refitting is a reversal of the removal procedure, but delay fully tightening the bolt which secures the arm to the bracket until the weight of the vehicle is on the rear suspension. On completion, check the operation of the handbrake.


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