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Title: Rear suspension trailing arms
Post by: 34laxy on September 05, 2014, 10:57:42 PM
Just picked up an 08 Smax with the last mot giving an advisory on worn bushes to rear trailing arms. Going over bumps with five up in the smax produces sound of squeaking suspension.
Anyone had similar issues and have replaced the bushes? I am hoping its as easy as the drop links on the Mk 1 & 2 Galaxy.
Tks
Title: Re: Rear suspension trailing arms
Post by: insanitybeard on September 06, 2014, 02:08:39 AM
I'm afraid it's not anywhere near as easy as Mk1/2 Galaxy drop links! Firstly, Ford don't sell any of the rear suspension bushes as spare parts (http://eucatparts.com/?action=cat_ford_part&s_id_part=1229402&s_id_model=118), so you'll have to replace the complete arms wherever the bushes are failing, secondly, unless Ford have started greasing the bolts on assembly that hold all of the rear suspension together (which they certainly didn't on the Mk1 Focus which had a very similar setup) the bolts tend to seize solid into the bushes meaning you can't simply unbolt them to dismantle it all- quite often they ended up having to be cut out- which is a b#%@£rd of a job, and instead of changing just a single suspension arm you can end up replacing several, or worst case, pretty much all of the suspension arms on the affected side. They may have improved the quality of the components or simply started greasing the bolts (though I doubt it) so it's not so bad on the more recent stuff, but that's certainly how it used to be.
Title: Re: Rear suspension trailing arms
Post by: 34laxy on September 06, 2014, 11:59:35 AM
Thanks Paul for the tips will update the post when I have resolved. The joys of thinking cars were made to be taken apart and repaired!
Title: Re: Rear suspension trailing arms
Post by: 34laxy on September 27, 2014, 10:23:43 PM
Update on this item:

A specific bush removal tool is required which having done a search is around £200:00. Add to this the cost of the bushes £50 each and the total cost is then the same as taking it to the local garage.
Booked in for next week so i can spend my time doing other DIY 😜
Title: Re: Rear suspension trailing arms
Post by: insanitybeard on September 28, 2014, 09:41:48 AM
So can you buy the bushes separately from Ford or are you talking about aftermarket ones that are available?

Like I say, the problem with the independent rear suspension setup Ford have tended to use on their more recent vehicles isn't necessarily that it's terribly complex to dismantle and reassemble (though some of them have rear track adjustment so you have to be a bit careful) but that the bolts that pass through some of the various bushes that hold it all together seize into the bushes themselves so that when you attempt to remove the bolt you just end end rotating the bolt with the remains of the bush and you can't get the bolt out without resorting to cutting it! There is a chance that Ford have changed their production practices and started greasing the bolts on assembly or just using better grade materials which will make the job much easier, but I have my doubts! I have worked on a few older Fords with a similar rear suspension setup and rarely was it a straightforward job when it came to trying to dismantle it all, it certainly wasn't a technicians favourite job!