Front suspension lower arm inner pivot bush - renewal

1 To improve access, raise the front of the vehicle on ramps. Apply the handbrake.

2 Unscrew and remove the nut, washer and pivot bolt securing the relevant lower arm to the crossmember.

3 Remove the anti-roll bar-to-lower arm securing nut and recover the dished washer and plastic cover (where applicable).

4 Ensure that the handbrake is applied, jack up the front of the vehicle and support on axle stands (see Jacking and Vehicle Support).

5 Pull the inner end of the lower arm from the crossmember.

6 The pivot bush can now be removed from the lower arm using a long bolt with nut, washers and a suitable metal tube.

7 Lubricate the new bush with soapy water, and fit with a single continuous action to avoid deformation of the bush, again using the bolt, nut, washers and tube.

8 Locate the end of the lower arm in the crossmember, and refit the pivot bolt, washer and nut. If necessary, push the outer rim of the roadwheel in order to line up the holes in the lower arm bush and the crossmember.

Note that the pivot bolt head should face to the rear of the vehicle. Do not tighten the bolt at this stage.

9 Refit the plastic cover, dished washer (where applicable), and nut to the end of the anti-roll bar. Do not tighten the nut at this stage.

10 Lower the vehicle so that its weight is resting on the roadwheels, and bounce the vehicle to settle the suspension.

11 Tighten the lower arm pivot bolt, following the procedure given in Section 2.

12 Tighten the anti-roll bar-to-lower arm securing nut to the specified torque.

13 Lower the vehicle from the ramps, if not already done.

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