Yes please. The photographs would be good!
Still; after trip to Yorkshire, fluid continuing to flow from bush. Total collapse, I presume will occur when completely drained. I wonder if annual MOT tests precipitated the damage. Also, one could make an argument for a Horseshoe type lever, to go around the perimeter of the bush when checking for movement, rather than jemmying the damned things apart with a tyre lever or screwdriver. If indeed this was the cause, it's ultimately an expensive test. It would have been nice to get to 150,000 miles before it had to be replaced, but in truth, rubber bushes deteriorate with time, let alone flexing. Just glad to be getting somewhere with this.
Since having the arm replaced, I have been staying away from the car for a few days, in the hope that I don't persuade myself of improvements that aren't real. However, they are. No clunks on take up in first, or changing to second. Very, very low clunk/thud in higher gears, when I get the revs/speed wrong - that is something I will have to improve on. But really, the transmission is silky and not what I would have expected at 103,000 miles. Quite superb. If I am a little heavy on the throttle on taking up second or third, I can induce a - never thought there could be a use for this word - a little "shimmy" from the back end; VDC cutting in? Puts a smile on my face when it does. Of course the arm sits central in the bush housing now so there is going to be a need to get that aligned, given it was hitherto sitting against the housing and the burnishing was on both sides indicating what must be about 0.8 - 1cm of overall movement. I think I am going to do the other arm as well, then I will be happy knowing there is little else to worry about. Also, I have the diff bushes to fit, so that will really stiffen up things nicely on the transmission side. As for the new bush, it may be hydraulic, but it is not soft in the classic sense. Besides, the load is else where, specifically over the spring and shock absorber, it's role substantially locational - just like the large front bushes. But of course, it does absorb impact upon the wheel and transfers it to the tyre wall, whilst at the same time invoking toe - in to maintain stability. I think its toe in, but it's dark outside and I'm not going out to check, and at this time of the morning, I don't care. I wouldn't want to be "Pedantic"!
To end on a sour note, 500 miles, 1.5 litres of oil - ouch. That's going to have to wait. Unless I can find a low mileage 3.2 engine from a car that has gone sideways for some obscure reason?