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Post by jeremy » Sat Apr 08, 2006 6:48 am

They can be fitted in situ - I've done it. there are 2 secrets - cutting the outer steel ring - which is not difficult with a hacksaw blade fed through the slot, and deep freezing the new one to make it go in a bit easier.

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Post by sleepy0905 » Sat Apr 08, 2006 9:18 am

I have replaced one in situ too and used the same technique. :D
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Post by cauchoiskev » Thu Apr 27, 2006 11:40 am

Easy ? I'm having terrible trouble with this job. Someone has already been tinkering with it, as the bush is already slightly out of the housing and shows signs of bashing. I took about an hour to saw one side of the bush, the blade is fouled by the rubber. I'm going to take the driveshaft off and remouve the whole housing, I think it will be quicker in the end. Another thing worries me : as the bush has been tinkered with, is it in the right way round? Here is the orientation it has in the car :

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Can anybody confirm that this is correct ?

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Post by ed4ferrets » Thu Apr 27, 2006 6:41 pm

I seem to recall Jonkw telling me the old manky rubber could be slowly burnt out in some or other manner! Don't know if he has a patent pending on this method :wink:
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Post by Jaba » Thu Apr 27, 2006 7:06 pm

Easy - no one said it was easy !

I find it is best to cut out the rubber first then invert the hacksaw blade and then cut the metal ring.

As far driving in the new one - its a pig of a job as far as I for one am concerned. I have tried, with a spare housing, using a 2 ton hydraulic press. This proved v. difficult due to the curved faces of the housing.
I then resorted to using a vice. This worked, but was a huge effort and took a long time, in my puny vice anyway.

Most jobs require a compromise between time, cost and effort. So everyone finds their solution.

Your alignment looks about right. I dont think this is critical though.
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Post by DavidRutherford » Thu Apr 27, 2006 7:17 pm

Jaba wrote:Your alignment looks about right. I dont think this is critical though.
I've seen all manner of different "alignments" in different cars, so I don't think it's critical at all.

And given the utterly awful condition of the one in my 405, I'd say that any position is better than a rotten one!
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Post by Brian » Thu Apr 27, 2006 9:09 pm

I think I may have one of these rubber bushes on it's way out..

My symptoms are low frequency oscilations on acceleration, can be eliminated by easing off the throttle..

Got to get under and investigate, so may be looking in the shoe bank!!!.

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Post by cauchoiskev » Fri Apr 28, 2006 7:39 am

ed4ferrets wrote:I seem to recall Jonkw telling me the old manky rubber could be slowly burnt out in some or other manner! Don't know if he has a patent pending on this method :wink:
Yes, I tried this, but the stink was obnoxious... Finally got the old bush out with a mini-hacksaw.
Brian wrote:My symptoms are low frequency oscilations on acceleration, can be eliminated by easing off the throttle..
That's a bit like my symptoms. However, the old bush doesn't really look too bad, so I may be doing all this for nothing.
Jaba wrote:As far driving in the new one - its a pig of a job as far as I for one am concerned. I have tried, with a spare housing, using a 2 ton hydraulic press. This proved v. difficult due to the curved faces of the housing.
I then resorted to using a vice. This worked, but was a huge effort and took a long time, in my puny vice anyway.
You've got me worried, there ! All I've got is a big hammer and an old housing as a drift. I don't even have a freezer ! :cry: