Re: 156 v6 lower arm replacement - need to remove driveshaft?
I have been here before mate... search for my other post on this!
I too have the 156 2.5 V6 - can I confirm to everyone that THE DRIVESHAFT DOESN'T HAVE TO COME OUT !!!!! lol
I have just changed my shock absorbers to Koni and found it easier to remove the lower wishbones - I was dreading doing this again as my car was stuck on my drive last time I done this and I needed the assistance of a mechanic to help me out - he did however remove the driveshaft.
You are correct in what you say - they do come out quite simple but getting them in is a pain - getting them to line up is even more difficult.
Basically all I done was removed the brake caliper and disc from the hub and rested this on an axle stand to one side, just so the pipework wasn't under tension. By doing this, you have also released a lot of weight from the hub assembly and got a bit more access to see what you're doing! I also removed the lower suspension fork (by removing the hex-bolt that clamps the strut around the suspension fork), as this is the bas**rd that gets in the way when trying to refit the arms. Make sure you pop the balljoint on the end of the wishbone into the hub first - otherwise it will never go in, but leave it as slack as possible! All you can then do is try and line the arms up as best as you can. I found it easier to knock the anti rollbar upwards, and try and edge the wishbone in as best I could. I then used a lever bar to edge the wishbone under the driveshaft (gearbox end) - but do this very gently. Once this is positioned in, you will probably notice that the mounts furthest away from you will be facing upwards (you'll see what I mean). To bring the mounts back down, all I done was popped the two outer bolts in (nearest the hub) and done them up quite tight, and then popped the inner bolts in. Do them up and fully tighten when back on the ground.
That's my method, others may have other ways. It does take time and patience but it will work, honest. Oh, and I do sympathise with you!
Alfa Romeo 156 3.0 V6 24v Lusso (2000)
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