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    Bushes & Struts

    I just had my cambelt replaced after 80,000 miles on my 2.0 16v Mk3 and the dealer picked up on a few things. He said my O/S Front Wishbone Bush was split and both Strut Tops were split.

    Firstly, are bushes prone to splitting and if so, is their a kit around so I can replace them with better ones? If so, is it a easy/hard job?

    Secondly, what sort of job is it to do the Strut Tops or should I take it back to the dealer.

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    Can anyone help on this post?

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    Sorry Brian, was hoping a mk3 owner would answer !

    For the strut tops, it should be easy enough...if astra's are the same,
    then you'll need a 19mm 'deep' spanner and a decent adjustable to take the strut apart.

    Place the spanner on the strut top, and then hold the centre with the adjustable
    and undo.....then replace what you need.
    You may aswell just use Vauxhall parts


    The wishbone bush may have to be pressed into the wishbone...lot more complicated.
    Best look for a local garage for that with cheaper labour rates than vauxhall.

    HTH

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    buy complete bottom arms/wishbones complete with bushes from a local motor factor. Should cost approx £30 - £40 each side.

    The bushes have a life, and they are obviously affected by weather, driving, etc...
    If they havnt been replaced once in the 80k life so far, its probably worth doing them

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    Strut tops not as simple as coo said, you will need spring clamps as well, as the suspension is ass stuck together.

    Whilst replacing the w/bone bushes why not fit powerflex poly bushes, i got these all round and mine is a go-kart, hard ride i will warn you but excellent handling. Defo need a press for this job as the bushes are a bitch, if not fit a motor factors w/bone, nothing wrong with them now and are only £20 for a whole arm.

    If you wait a month i will have everything available as i'm testing some new gear.
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