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    Hi all and apologies in advance for troubling you.

    I was looking for a How 2 on changing the rear Anti-Roll Bar Bushes, and also a pointer as to how many there and where these are located?

    Pics would be very handy.

    Also, from experience, does anyone know how difficult these are to change and are they easy to get to...DIY surgery???

    Thanks all.


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    very easy DIY...

    they are secured by a 13mm headed bolt..just undo the bolt, remove the bridle clip.. remove the rubber and replace it with the new one.. replce the bridle and do up the 13mm bolt again....

    total time is under 5 mins from when you have the wheel off..

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    Quote Originally Posted by Gsi3.2 View Post
    very easy DIY...

    they are secured by a 13mm headed bolt..just undo the bolt, remove the bridle clip.. remove the rubber and replace it with the new one.. replce the bridle and do up the 13mm bolt again....

    total time is under 5 mins from when you have the wheel off..
    Thanks Bud. I am really putting off changing the control arms, and someone on here mentioned that thye had the same problme and changed these and it was problem solved. Im hoping I have similar luck. Whats my chances???


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    no better than 50/50.... but they are easier and cheaper, so it's well worth a punt..

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    Have u checked the rear control arms. While the car is on the road grab the top of one of the rear wheels and see if you can pull it back and forth. If u have movement then replacements needed. First time I checked my girlfriends vectra c estate there was about 1-2 cm movement which explained why the back end would go all over the place!

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    Quote Originally Posted by Gsi3.2 View Post
    no better than 50/50.... but they are easier and cheaper, so it's well worth a punt..
    I was hoping you wouldnt say that! Darn....oh well, I know where my weekend is going.


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    Quote Originally Posted by merikiito View Post
    Have u checked the rear control arms. While the car is on the road grab the top of one of the rear wheels and see if you can pull it back and forth. If u have movement then replacements needed. First time I checked my girlfriends vectra c estate there was about 1-2 cm movement which explained why the back end would go all over the place!
    To be honest, the back seems pretty stbale to me....but nevertheless, I will check this. So basically, when the car is sat on the drive, leave it on the ground and tug at one of the back wheels from the top puilling it towards me??? And if there is play/movement, then these are f0ckered? Its just such a ****ey design to get to that one bolt.....any easy way to see it so i can open the son of a gun??


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    you need to rock it when it's jacked up, or the suspension load will stop it moving even if it is worn....

    if there is any movement at the top arm, then yes the arm needs changing..

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    Quote Originally Posted by Gsi3.2 View Post
    you need to rock it when it's jacked up, or the suspension load will stop it moving even if it is worn....

    if there is any movement at the top arm, then yes the arm needs changing..
    No u dont, it has to be checked when its on the ground. The load does not stop it moving. It will not show up if it is jacked up off the ground. Take my word on it as I have checked loads of them.

    Yep just pull it towards you and then push it back.

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    lets just settle to differ shall we.. rather than fall out over this, but it does show up when the car is raised..and if the car is raised, supported and with the wheel off it's far easier for folks to see any movement that may be occuring on the top mount, or any other bushings rather than just guessing it's the top arms because 'it moves'. For folks working at home ( which is what this section is aimed at) it needs to be as simple a test as it can be, while still being as accurate as possible..

    Also, the MOT test calls for the suspension to be checked with the vehicle raised and the suspension on droop..not in the 'loaded' condition with the cars weight on it..

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