Rear tie-bar (Saloon and Estate models) - removal and refitting

Removal
1 Before attempting to remove a tie-bar, note the location of all washers and bushes. These control the rear wheel alignment and they must be returned to their original locations.

2 Raise the rear of the vehicle and support it with stands (see “Jacking and Vehicle Support”).

3 Unscrew and remove the pivot bolt from the eye at the front end of the tie-bar (see illustration).

12.3 Exploded view of the rear tie-bar mountings - Saloon and Estate models
12.3 Exploded view of the rear tie-bar mountings - Saloon and Estate models

A Nut
B Tie-bar
C Washer (additionalwashers may be fitted)
D Bush
E Washer
F Nut
G Bush
H Washer (additional washers may be fitted)
J Bush
K Pivot bolt

4 Unscrew the nut from the rear end of the tie-bar, take off the washers and bushes as the tie-bar is withdrawn and keep them in strict sequence for refitting (see illustration).

12.4 Tie-bar-to-stub axle carrier retaining nut (arrowed) - Saloon and Estate
12.4 Tie-bar-to-stub axle carrier retaining nut (arrowed) - Saloon and Estate models

Refitting 5 Renewal of the tie-bar flexible bush is quite easily carried out using sockets or distance pieces and applying pressure in the jaws of a vice.

6 Refit the tie-bar by reversing the removal operations.

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