Last weekend I attempted to change the lower wishbone on my 156, I've recently done the other side so I know how much of a PITA this job is.
Sadly when putting the new wishbone in a burr on the steel bracket seems to have sliced my inner CV boot.
I ordered a new boot (genuine) however it didn't come with any steel bands, grease or anything else, just the rubber boot, so I got a universal boot from the local motorfactor to steal steel bands and grease from.
I've read on a number of threads that taking the driveshaft out is actually the easiest way of changing the lower wishbone, so I have a few questions to those who recommend this.
Would I be correct in assuming that I need to remove either the brake caliper from the upright or disconnecting the brake hose to do this. When changing the boot most people seem to be recomending using a vice to separate the joint, can it be done without pulling it completely out, or is that not going to help when it comes to sorting out the wishbone?
The problem I have with removing the brake caliper is that there is no lower wishbone fitted, so I have nothing to pull against when undoing the bolt, the whole upright/hub carier/what ever you want to call it, just moves around. The brake hose does look like its seen better days so I may just disconnect that, replace it too and rebled.
Also when I undo the 6 hex bolds that hold the inner CV joint in, am I going to get the contents of my gearbox pouring out? I undid a few of the bolts and one was covered in what smelt like it might be gear oil, at which point I stopped fearing I was about to open a can of worms as I don't have any gear oil to hand.
Finally I have heard something about a circlip, do I need a replacement of this to reassemble the joint.
I don't think I'm likely to have too many problems doing the job, I just want to make sure I have all the right parts to hand that I know I'm likely to need to replace which ever way I do it.
Thanks in advance,