Rear shock absorber - removal and refitting

Saloon and Hatchback models 1 With the weight of the vehicle resting on the roadwheels, work under the vehicle to unscrew and remove the shock absorber lower mounting bolt and nut from the relevant lower arm (see illustration). If desired, the rear of the vehicle can be raised on ramps to improve access.

12.1 Rear shock absorber lower mounting - Saloon and Hatchback models
12.1 Rear shock absorber lower mounting - Saloon and Hatchback models

2 Working inside the rear of the vehicle, remove the trim cover behind the side cushion. The cover is secured by two self-tapping screws (see illustrations).

12.2a Remove the trim cover . . .
12.2a Remove the trim cover . . .

12.2b . . . for access to the rear shock absorber upper mounting
12.2b . . . for access to the rear shock absorber upper mounting

3 With an assistant supporting the shock absorber from below, unscrew and remove the upper mounting bolt and nut. Withdraw the shock absorber from under the vehicle.

4 Refitting is a reversal of removal. Tighten the mounting bolts securely.

Estate models
Note: On models fitted with heavy duty Nivomat shock absorbers, follow the procedure given in Section 13, as the shock absorber and coil spring are an integrated unit.

5 With the weight of the vehicle resting on the roadwheels, work under the vehicle to unscrew and remove the two shock absorber lower mounting bolts from the relevant lower arm (see illustration). If desired, the rear of the vehicle can be raised on ramps to improve access.

12.5 Rear shock absorber lower mounting bolts - Estate models
12.5 Rear shock absorber lower mounting bolts - Estate models

6 Working inside the rear of the vehicle, fold down the rear seat backrest, fold back the floor covering and remove the front section of the luggage compartment floor, which is secured with 12 self-tapping screws.

7 With an assistant supporting the shock absorber from below, unscrew and remove the upper mounting nut and washer (see illustration). Withdraw the shock absorber from under the vehicle.

12.7 Rear shock absorber upper mounting (arrowed) - Estate models
12.7 Rear shock absorber upper mounting (arrowed) - Estate models

8 Refitting is a reversal of removal. Tighten the mounting bolts and nut securely.

P100 models
9 With the weight of the vehicle resting on the roadwheels, work under the vehicle to unscrew and remove the shock absorber lower mounting nut, washer, and rubber insulator. If desired, the rear of the vehicle can be raised on ramps to improve access.

10 Unscrew and remove the top mounting bolt, nut and washer from the chassis crossmember. Withdraw the shock absorber upwards.

11 Refitting is a reversal of removal. Tighten the mounting bolt and nut securely.

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