Major body damage - repair

Where serious damage has occurred or large areas need renewal due to neglect, it means that completely new sections or panels will need welding in, and this is best left to professionals. If the damage is due to impact, it will also be necessary to completely check the alignment of the bodyshell structure. Due to the principle of construction, the strength and shape of the whole car can be affected by damage to one part. In such instances the service of a dealer with specialist checking jigs are essential. If a body is left misaligned, it is first of all dangerous, as the car will not handle properly, and secondly uneven stresses will be imposed on the steering, engine and transmission, causing abnormal wear or complete failure. Tyre wear may also be excessive.

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    Rear stub axle carrier Saloon and Estate models) - removal and refitting
    Removal 1 Raise and support the rear of the car on stands (see Jacking and Vehicle Support). Remove the roadwheel. 2 Remove the rear hub as described in Section 9. 3 Remove the rear brake shoe ...

    Pistons and connecting rods - examination and renovation
    1.8 litre (R2A type) 1 Examine the pistons for ovality, scoring, and scratches. Check the connecting rods for wear or damage. 2 The gudgeon pins are an interference fit in the connecting rods, an ...

    Steering column adjuster - dismantling and reassembly
    Note: A new adjuster locknut and washer must be used on reassembly. Dismantling 1 To dismantle the adjuster assembly, proceed as follows. 2 Remove the locknut and washer securing the adjuster th ...