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Wear in the panhard rod bushes is usually identified by wandering steering, a click or knock - especially when starting a turn.

The rod can be removed with the vehicle sat on the ground, so just crawl under the front of the vehicle. Both ends are a 22mm nut/bolt.

Axle end-

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Chassis end-

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The bush inner sleeve has come loose and the end of the rod is now tapping/rubbing on the mounting bracket.

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Remove both nuts/bolts and the rod will come away. The chassis will move slightly to the drivers side as you do this. Note the kink on the rod - this has to go at the diff end.

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A 21/22mm socket is the right size to use to press the old bush out.

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If you don't have a hydraulic press, then either use a big vice or get a local garage to replace the bushes. In this thread I'm using a 15-ton hydraulic press. The pressure required to get the bushes out was just over 5-tons.

Centre the socket on the bush - not forgetting to allow room underneath for the bush to come out.

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Once the bush is out, grease the rod eye and also the outside of the new bush. Again make sure that there's room for the inner sleeve to protrude - it's longer than the bush main body.

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The bush protrudes a small amount either side of the rod eye, so make sure both sides are equal.

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Bolt the rod back on axle end first and then pull the body/chassis towards the passenger side until the hole in the rod lines up with the hole in the mounting bracket.

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Once both bolts are in - do them up mental tight!

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Les.

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