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94 Sovereign 4.0 Auto

rvdz
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Re: 94 Sovereign 4.0 Auto

Postby rvdz » Sun Jan 12, 2020 9:18 pm

It was a nice clear, sunny day today, so I have made a start on my to-do list and replaced the front wishbone bushes.

The old ones didn't give up without a fight. The first couple I cut through and forced them out, until I had the idea to use a hub puller to push them out, which worked a treat! The new ones are Polyflex, so they went in really easily.

It has really made a big difference too, steering feels much tighter but I'll have take it to the garage at some point to have the tracking redone.
I'm also pleased to report that now the car has stood outside in the rain for a few days, it's still completely dry inside :)

The old bushes, ready for the bin!
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The hub puller in action:
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The new bushes in situ:
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Nice to be outside tinkering!
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1994 Sovereign 4.0 Auto [698760]

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Re: 94 Sovereign 4.0 Auto

Postby naki_k » Mon Jan 13, 2020 2:36 am

Good effort for a blustery January weekend.
Had you changed those bushes before on this car?
Are all the front bushes new now?
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Re: 94 Sovereign 4.0 Auto

Postby rvdz » Mon Jan 13, 2020 8:45 am

Yes, I replaced these before but they didn't last long. Hopefully the Powerflex ones are better quality!
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1994 Sovereign 4.0 Auto [698760]

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Re: 94 Sovereign 4.0 Auto

Postby naki_k » Mon Jan 13, 2020 12:00 pm

rvdz wrote:Yes, I replaced these before but they didn't last long. Hopefully the Powerflex ones are better quality!


Ok. I was wondering? I thought I remembered previous suspension work. Were the last lot from British Parts?
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Re: 94 Sovereign 4.0 Auto

Postby rvdz » Mon Jan 13, 2020 12:05 pm

naki_k wrote:
rvdz wrote:Yes, I replaced these before but they didn't last long. Hopefully the Powerflex ones are better quality!


Ok. I was wondering? I thought I remembered previous suspension work. Were the last lot from British Parts?

You're right, I have definitely done these before. Can't remember where I bought the old ones, but they were supposed to be genuine items. I'm sure others have had issues with these too.
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1994 Sovereign 4.0 Auto [698760]

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Re: 94 Sovereign 4.0 Auto

Postby rvdz » Mon Jan 13, 2020 1:59 pm

Tracking is all sorted out, both front wheels were quite a bit off so there is a noticeable improvement. That's one job crossed off the list!

Although as one job is done, another has come up. I noticed last night that the sports switch is no longer lit up when the lights are on. Are these sealed units or can the bulb be replaced? Don't mind having to solder if necessary.
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1994 Sovereign 4.0 Auto [698760]

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Re: 94 Sovereign 4.0 Auto

Postby katar83 » Mon Jan 13, 2020 5:32 pm

You can replace just the bulb and I can highly recommend a red led for this, looks much better than the green one.

Re wishbone bushes, easiest way to remove them is to cut them flush with the wishbone both sides, then it easily comes out, even if it's 30 years old, never replaced and super rusty.
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