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Tcash
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PostPosted: Thu Jun 15, 2017 11:00 am    Post subject: Re: rear A arm bush replacement Reply with quote

Sorry the clip is out of the Bentley.
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PostPosted: Thu Jun 15, 2017 8:07 pm    Post subject: Re: rear A arm bush replacement Reply with quote

Tcash wrote:
Sorry the clip is out of the Bentley.
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Thanks......actually just found this morning that that exact clip was used in the Haynes manual as well.

Its odd......that the bushings were made to be under tension when the suspension moves in the bus....and that the steel bushes are supposed to stay stationary......and that knurled ends were NOT used to help the bush to not turn.

As I noted.....so many I have found....ARE turning.....and it does no damage to them.....and in fact would prevent inadvertant "wind up".

That springiness of the bushings does nothing in comparison to the rest of the suspension. A pin prick of spring action at best.

I know why my car does it....and also why some of the other rear trailing bushings on other....mostly water cooled vehicles.....work like this......and its always because an eccentric adjustment is present on the yoke. But its not on the bus...or any that I have worked on.

But.....one could easily be installed....making adjustment of rear toe-in simpler. Perhaps they were looking ahead. I know on other cars this is an adjustment that the dealers could install when needed....and in that case the stationary bushing would be necessary.

Interesting! Ray
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PostPosted: Fri Jun 16, 2017 7:28 am    Post subject: Re: rear A arm bush replacement Reply with quote

Maybe VW did not knurl the ends on the bus because it's not critical if the bushing turns,yes it will wear parts,but would probably last until the end of the warranty,then they sell you a new part and call it normal maintenance.
When the bushing serves as an alignment feature then it must stay in place if it turns it becomes a safety issue.
It may only cost a dime to knurl the ends,but a million dimes soon add up.
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PostPosted: Fri Jun 16, 2017 7:42 am    Post subject: Re: rear A arm bush replacement Reply with quote

raygreenwood wrote:

I know why my car does it....and also why some of the other rear trailing bushings on other....mostly water cooled vehicles.....work like this......and its always because an eccentric adjustment is present on the yoke. But its not on the bus...or any that I have worked on


The water cooled VW's inner sleeve aren't supposed to pivot on the bolt either.
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PostPosted: Sat Aug 12, 2017 12:51 pm    Post subject: Re: Rear Diagonal (radius) arm bushing replacement Reply with quote

I just did this today - nice and easy

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0abxQtVoEY4
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