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    Unhappy Car Vs Kerb! Torque settings needed please.

    Have to replace at least the left wishbone and drop link (possibly steering rack too). What should I torque the wishbone bolts up to?

    1.9, standard suspension, 2007

    Thanks

    Stuart

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    Have you got all the replacement parts ?

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    According to the manual, the figures for the lower arm are as follows:

    Front Pivot Bolt:
    Stage 1: 30Nm
    Stage 2: Angle tighten through a further 75 degrees.
    Stage 3: Angle tighten through a further 15 degrees.

    Rear Mounting Bush to Lower Arm:
    Stage 1: 40Nm
    Stage 2: Angle tighten a further 40 degrees.

    Rear Mounting Bush to Subframe:
    Stage 1: 90Nm
    Stage 2: Angle tighten a further 75 degrees.
    Stage 3: Angle tighten a further 15 degrees.

    All of the above figures are based on using new nuts/bolts. Also suggests final tightening should be done with the car on the ground with the suspension settled to it's normal ride height.

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    Thanks puppet, that makes for some awkward access issues but will certainly try an work something out

    Ant, I have the wishbone (fitted) and drop link (ready) but need to find if i can replace the steering rod itself, as the end seems ok as does the rack assembly.

    Any help appreciated, not trawled through the How 2s yet.

    Thanks folks

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    To be honest, if it were me, I'd just rump them up to "three white knuckles", and if they needed any more tightening it would be till approx 1/2 a turn before they stripped. Grew up on a farm you see, lol.

    You should be able to change the track/steering rod ok. The inner end has a knuckle joint on it which just screws onto the actual steering rack itself. You should be able to just source a new track rod, and screw both your inner and outer rod ends onto that providing they are ok.

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    That's what i was thinking, 3 white knuckles, or one bashed knuckles, but this is what the forum's all about haha!

    Good news for the steering rod then, I need to look up these parts. The track rod end (bit that joins onto the hub assembly)is fine, but the fold/buckle is immediately inboard of that.

    pics below: -
    Nackered wishbone


    Steering rod


    Stuart

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    Ooft, that's quite a sore one that!!

    To be honest though, it's perhaps not a bad thing that the track rod folded like that, otherwise it would have been more likely to have damaged the rack itself. Fingers crossed it's just the rod that's damaged.

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    had a similar thought myself, least the buckle point was so far out, that and the pressure in folding the cast wishbone must have taken all the energy out of the impact. Musta been flat against the wheel as it seems ok too.

    Ah well ya live and learn

    Stuart

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    Puppet, would you mind dragging the manual out and checking the torque for the drop link bolts for me please? Not that i could get a socket on the bottom one but i wana get as many as i can to the official levels...

    Also lookin for tips on removing the steering gaiter. I've undone the inner and outer jubilee clips, and the outer end slides in, but not enough to get to the joint. do i need to slide the whole thing to the outside? If so is it just a matter of yanking the inner end til it moves?

    Thanks in advance

    Stuart

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    You're best bet is to get the track rod end off the slide off the inner boot. You can then remove the tie rod whatever way you want.
    Torque values for the drop links are 65nm top and bottom
    Inner tie rod is 90nm

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