Xantia lower arm suspension bushes (front)

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Xantia lower arm suspension bushes (front)

Post by Xantiaman » Sat Dec 01, 2007 10:17 am

Had an MOT this morning, all ok and went straight through but had an advisory on the front lower arm bushes at the back. Are they easy to replace? Should i just get another brand new arm complete with bushes to save hassle? And also, if they are failing, would they cause a knock noise? I replaced my ARB links recently and balljoints are fine, but i still get a knock!

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Post by Dickieg » Sat Dec 01, 2007 10:31 am

The big problem with fitting new bushes to the arms is that they must be fitted at exactly the correct angle on the arm otherwise they will split due to being under constant strain. As the bushes are an interferance fit getting it right isn't easy, so if you can find arms at a reasonable price that's a much easier solution.
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Post by CitroXim » Sat Dec 01, 2007 4:53 pm

As Richard says, you have to take extreme care. There are alignment marks on both the wishbone and the OE bushes but often pattern bushes don't have them. In that case, you need to carefully note how the old one was and get the new one back on in precisely the same place. Easier said than done although if you freeze the wishbone and heat (gently) the new bush, they're not hard to drift home.

Also, the old bush is a bit tricky to get off. Usually it is necessary to resort to the hacksaw and in doing so it is incredibly easy to just "nip" the wishbone spigot with the blade. This is dangerous as it could cause a stress riser in a very heavily loaded area with serious consequences if the spigot broke as a result.

Do replace them by all means but please be careful.
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Post by Xantiaman » Sat Dec 01, 2007 6:57 pm

Ok who wants to do them if i pay them! :lol:

I'm not adverse to working on cars but i dont have any tools at all, i was lucky with my cambelt and water pump and got them done for £70 by an ex Citroen mechanic but i dont work at the same place anymore.
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Post by elma » Mon Dec 03, 2007 10:34 pm

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Post by Vanny » Tue Dec 04, 2007 10:48 am

if you want the bushes i have 10 to 15 genuine original citroen ones for the Xantia, god only knows why, and i'm convinced they are breeding as i'm sure i started off with only 4. I expect the going rate to be about 1xpint a piece (at northern rates!).

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Post by Xantiaman » Tue Dec 04, 2007 11:31 am

elma wrote:Where you at?
Kent.

If i cant find anyone to fit them, i may just buy complete arms off ebay for 40-50 quid each and fit them myself.

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Post by jgra1 » Tue Dec 04, 2007 2:49 pm

Hi G,

I will come up and help you put new lower arms on (have tools etc), if you work some magic on my Inj pump ;)

John