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Old 01-08-2021   #1
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Rear axle removal

Hi folks. I bought myself a 2003 seicento with 21.4k miles on it recently.
I'm going to replace the entire suspension on it as it's so rusty all over. I also want to strip off all the under seal that's under the car to make sure that its solid, then repair whatever needs repairing.
First things first, I'd like to get the rear axle off and see if it needs just de rusting and painting or some repairing etc (or replacing). I see this is generally "easy" enough to do, but theres no Haynes manual. Does the cinq one cover it? Or is there anywhere else that will help me in my quest to remove it?
Also, where is best to fire the axle stands on the underside whilst I do all this?
I feel like this thread might get filled with my pictures and questions.
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Re: Rear axle removal

I find it easier to remove the fuel tank first. I then put the car on a railway sleeper that sits on the sills.

With the fuel tank out of the way you can easily get to the brake pipes and some hidden rust areas.
Once the handbrake cable, brake lines and exhaust are disconnected, it's just 2 bolts either side on the subframe and you can drop the whole lot off as one and move it out of the way to work on it.

I would say it is fairly easy, but takes time and a methodical approach.
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Re: Rear axle removal

Well, the car is off for MOT today, hopefully the list of repairs will be short. I'm not going to hold my breath though.
Once it's back I think i'm going to have to make space in my garage and get it in there to work on.
Thanks for the tip on removing the petrol tank first. I've not had a proper look underneith to see whats in the way when it comes to removing the axle, So at least I now have an order in which to do things. I've also read that taking the wheels, drums etc off first will make things a bit easier when it comes to removing the axle itself. So i'm going to do that too as there's probably a lot needing replaced or cleaned up in there anyway.
I'll fire up some updates as I get onto it I suppose.
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Re: Rear axle removal

So, got a call from the MOT station and they said they weren't going to waste their time MOTing it due to the rusty parts that I intend on replacing.
Anyone got a good source for rear arms? not available on euro car parts.
Can find them online, but wasn't sure if anyone on here had a better source.
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Re: Rear axle removal

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I've also read that taking the wheels, drums etc off first will make things a bit easier when it comes to removing the axle itself.
i personally leave the wheels on. if you get the car only slightly off the ground, when you drop it down it can sit on the wheels and you roll it out the way.

i would make sure you loosen the rear hub nuts first though as you need quite a bit of leverage to get them undone.

you can take everything off seperately from under the car if you want. either any will work fine
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Re: Rear axle removal

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So, got a call from the MOT station and they said they weren't going to waste their time MOTing it due to the rusty parts that I intend on replacing.
Anyone got a good source for rear arms? not available on euro car parts.
Can find them online, but wasn't sure if anyone on here had a better source.
i was going to buy the ones on ebay, but i found mine werent too bad once i attacked them with a needle gun. i painted them with hammerite and they look good as new
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Re: Rear axle removal

Not so sure I'll be able to do that with mine..
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That does look a bit crispy
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