Alfa 156 Wishbone removal - MY WAY !!
Having now fully recovered from this ordeal I have decide to post my way of dealing with the exchange of the lower wishbone which I hope may help any one thinking of doing it - the good news is that unlike the first attempt that took nearly 10 days of huffing and puffing and scraped knuckles, cursing and cussing the second attempt using this method took just over an hour from wheel removal to replacement.
Have a Trolley jack and two scissor type jacks with the smallest type V or cone type head possible available and a couple of blocks of wood. Plus a hammer and pry bar and the relevant spanners, ratchets and sockets at the ready.
1. Jack up-Wheel off
2. loosen or remove top anti roll bar link
3. lossen all four wishbone retaining bolts about three turns
4. Support the wheel hub with a trolley jack and remove the large
retaining bolt from the lower shock and wishbone joint.
5. Loosen the wheel hub and the Ball Joint on the wishbone, don't
6. still supporting the wheel hub relocate the lower shock leg forks
and with the better access remove the lower anti roll bar link.
NOW IT GETS INTERESTING BUT IT DOES WORK.
7. Remove nut from Ball Joint. If you jack the the wheel hub up and
block the wishbone and then allow the wheel to lower you can
with a bit of wiggling seperate the ball joint easily from the hub -
use a sub sonic screw driver if required(HAMMER THE BUGGER UP
8. place a scissor jack or screw jack under the roll bar arm as close to
the wishbone but still allowing forward movement and leverage -
look you will see and understand what I mean.
9. Gently jack up roll bar.
10. Undo and remove all for wishbone retaining bolts.
11. Reposition wheel hub and fork leg keeping both or either well
supported so that you can gain free access and movement of the
12. Remove the wishbone by gently levering and sliding forward around
and under Roll Bar - you may need to also fiddle with the inner
wing cover if this is causing an obstruction (bend it back?).
REMEMBER HOW IT CAME OUT AND THE ANGLE AS..........
13. Relocate new Wishbone in reverse angle to that which the old
14. Locate and insert 4 NEW wishbone bolts - use a pry bar or similiar
to ensure bracket is in correct position to accept the bolt as the
rubber bush may off centre it a little.
15. Follow the above in reverse to re attach the parts.
HOPE THIS HELPS - sorry to shout but I did a lot when I was first attempting this.