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Join Date: Mar 2003
Location: Dublin, Ireland.
Easy Job: Replace rear shocks.
Did the rear shocks two nights ago.
What an easy job. I could have done it in 30 mins per side, but there was a stickler...
When jacking the rear of the car using the jack-point, the axle frame drops about 7mm on the rubber bushes. The effect is that the hole in the sub-frame to access the bolt on the top of the damper becomes off-center, and may not be accessable using a ratchet set.
What must be done is to use a second jack to raise the axle enough to expose the head of the bolt again. The bolt on the top is 15mm, and the bottom one on the trailing arm is 19mm.
There is no need to compress the spring, but it may need a little coercion as the damper may not be used to being extended like it is.
With my model, a '97 type 145 (59k miles), there is a plastic tube inserted into the hole in the subframe to prevent loss of bits and bolts. If this is not present, then you may have a rubber grommet covering the hole. With the build-up of normal road dirt, this can become hidden over time.
The result of doing the swap (OEM parts for OEM parts, no change in stiffness/ride height) is that the rear tyres are less prone to bouncing after hitting potholes, this causes jitter in the back-end on bends...
Another cause of this 'jitter' can be worn trailing arm bushes. Mine are OK.
I'll post some photos if required.
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