While sorting out my hand brake for the MOT a few weeks ago I spotted my spring pan bushes were started to look slightly dodgy. Being on a bit of a tight budget I decided to replace just the spring pan bushes for now as everything else looked ok.
Today was the day, so with the car on the axle stands it was time to strip her down, just 2 bolts later and with a bit of a tug the spring pan was in my hand, the inner bush was shot, the inner rubber part just fell out however the outer bush looked and felt fine, closer inspection and I’m pretty sure it has a rose joint fitted to the outer end of the spring pan – both sides were the same, see the photo.
I decided to replace the inner bushes only, the old bush was burnt out with a blow torch then the outer metal part cut through with a hacksaw and removed. The hole was cleaned up and the welds dressed to ensure the new bush would seat correctly.
I’d read on the forum about people having problems fitting these bushes – mine are the newer black type and went in with just a little bit of a tap from a rubber mallet, I fitted both bushes first then pushed the metal tube through with the slightest of taps again, all very straight forward so far…
Refitting the spring pan was not too much trouble too, the first one I fitted the hub end first then with a bit of a wiggle I got the inner end lined up with the subframe, I used my trolley jack to help ease the arm into place.
For some reason the other side was not playing game – I could not get the inner end to go into the subframe parallel so decided to try fitting the inner end first then using the jack to apply pressure again fitted the hub end.
All done and cleared away in 3 hours!
I’m curious as to why my car appears to have rubber bushes at one end and rose joints at the other, it is a Twin Spark phase 2 (2000 W reg) however I do believe it is an import, has anyone else come across this?
Outer Bush - Rose Joint?
Same again - other side
Inner bush, middle come out!
New bush fitted to inner end