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Panda REAR Suspension replacement
checking integrity of rear spring cups
Published by varesecrazy
15-10-2016
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Inspection of spring cups / pans



I used a brush to move any loose paint / mud,

then a rotary wire brush in a drill to scour away the remaining loose paint / and surface rust ( mine were actually pretty good for @13 years old.)

MESSY JOB..!! ,
wear suitable protective equipment.



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I used a THICK - rust preventing paint, to line the pans / cups - taking CARE to ensure the small drain holes in the bottom edge , and centre , of pans were still clear.Click image for larger version

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Re: Panda REAR Suspension replacement

Glad this guide is still proving useful.

The car was sold at 15 years old..still good

There are plenty of threads in the panda (and 500) sections
Discussing products to neutralise the rust..and coat in a longlasting finish


As proven with mine..

KEEP IT MUD FREE
and the drain holes clear

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Re: Panda REAR Suspension replacement

Thanks again for this guide Charlie, it was a great help

I'm amazed how easy it is to get good access to clean the axle, springs and shocks. Two bolts, the axle drops down and the springs fall out! Winner!

Strangely, the lower shocker bolts on my 2004 1.2 are 19mm hex head, not 18mm

I found a breaker bar to get them started then a drill with a socket attachment to run the bolts out and back in made it a very quick job - they are quite long threads.
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Quote Originally Posted by rmjbn1 View Post
Thanks again for this guide Charlie, it was a great help


Strangely, the lower shocker bolts on my 2004 1.2 are 19mm hex head, not 18mm.

You are very welcome

It was a quick job one autumnal evening.. but Im now in the habit of taking pics when I do a job..
So I can build a thread later

Might be happening again sometime soon..

Different Head size generally means different thread pitch.. weird
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Quote Originally Posted by varesecrazy View Post
You are very welcome

It was a quick job one autumnal evening.. but Im now in the habit of taking pics when I do a job..
So I can build a thread later

Might be happening again sometime soon..

Different Head size generally means different thread pitch.. weird
The bolts on my 500 axle were 19 mm head
I know because I used one of my alloy wheel socket's to remove/reinsert them
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Quote Originally Posted by chris3234 View Post
The bolts on my 500 axle were 19 mm head
I know because I used one of my alloy wheel socket's to remove/reinsert them
Its possible it was a Typo.. ?

But my grande strut bolts..and nuts.. were 18mm... so cannot rule it out
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Quote Originally Posted by varesecrazy View Post
Its possible it was a Typo.. ?

But my grande strut bolts..and nuts.. were 18mm... so cannot rule it out
In likely if you look at your pictures you can read the 18mm on the side of the socket you used
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Re: Panda REAR Suspension replacement

I'm led to believe your not supposed to Jack the rear of the car up on the axle beam as it will bend it resulting in tracking issues.
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