Rear suspension lower arm (Saloon and Estate models) - removal and refitting

Removal
1 Raise the rear of the car and support it on stands (see “Jacking and Vehicle Support”).

2 On cars equipped with the anti-lock braking system, refer to Chapter 9 and remove the load apportioning valve adjusting bracket from the lower arm.

3 If an anti-roll bar is fitted, disconnect the shackles from the lower arm by levering them apart with a screwdriver (see illustration 13.3).

4 Support the lower arm using a jack located beneath the roadspring.

5 Undo the nut and remove the arm inboard pivot bolt.

6 Undo the nut, remove the outboard pivot through-bolt then lower the jack and remove the spring and insulator pad.

7 Withdraw the lower arm from the car.

Refitting
8 Refitting is the reverse sequence to removal, bearing in mind the following points: a) If applicable the plastic sleeved end of the coil spring must be at the upper end when fitted.

b) Tighten all nuts and bolts to the specified torque with the car standing on its roadwheels.

c) On cars equipped with the anti-lock braking system, refit the load apportioning valve adjusting bracket as described in Chapter 9.

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