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Mutliwagon rear suspension bushes
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Mutliwagon rear suspension bushes

Not going to go into to much detail as if you need step by step details of this you really shouldn't be messing about with it, but here's some basic guidelines and pics.

1. disconnect all rear brake lines
2. unbolt rear subframe
3. remove centre of rubber bushes i found hack saw and hammer worked but others may have better method
4. remove ouside part of bushes using hack saw cutting through just the bush exterior and not the subframe metal. beat out metal part of bush using punch and hammer.
5. grease new bush and fit using substantial metal workers vice as shown in pic needs to be pretty heavy duty as we needed scaffold pole on vice to press bushes in.

if you've got a pit or ramps this job isn't to bad if not pay a garage to do it.

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part numbers for the bushes is on the eper section on this site order bushes plus new nuts and bolts, i got mine from desira.
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Re: Mutliwagon rear suspension bushes

sorry bubby but you should never put those bush's under that kind of persure by hitting them with a hammer you a fracture the rubber structure of the bush and it will wear out much quicker and some times fail all together they should always be fitted with a press
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sorry bubby but you should never put those bush's under that kind of persure by hitting them with a hammer you a fracture the rubber structure of the bush and it will wear out much quicker and some times fail all together they should always be fitted with a press
Sometimes I wonder about the inteligence of the people on these forums? At what point did I say I hit the new bushes with a hammer? Um none!! Oh and by the way what the ****s a bubby?

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Re: Mutliwagon rear suspension bushes

i think he saw the hammer in the picture and put two and two together and got 5

how much was the replacement bushes and how long did it take to do?

do you have the part numbers?
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Quote Originally Posted by Big Black Stilo View Post
i think he saw the hammer in the picture and put two and two together and got 5

how much was the replacement bushes and how long did it take to do?

do you have the part numbers?

Yeah but wouldnt it be great if people actually read stuff properly, any ways bushes were roughly twenty quid i think, not sure what the part number was now but is is available on the ePER parts page there's a link to that on this forum. Took two of us a day to remove old ones and fit new ones, but we didnt work that hard and plenty of tea breaks. Didint want to post a part number incase diferent year multiwagons use diferent bushes.
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I had the noisy bushes like others on the forum, I found the guide very useful, by that I mean I knew enough to not try the job myself or to get FIAT to do the work. My local Garage would only replace the whole assembly and wanted 1000 to do it. So I bought the bushes, 35, and took them to The Southam Mini Metro Centre were the nice people have a press to push the new bushes in. They charge fairly on a time basis, mine cost 350 and the car is now quiet again. If you can get your car to Southam give them a call. 01926 815681.
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Quote Originally Posted by DiggerH View Post
I had the noisy bushes like others on the forum, I found the guide very useful, by that I mean I knew enough to not try the job myself or to get FIAT to do the work. My local Garage would only replace the whole assembly and wanted 1000 to do it. So I bought the bushes, 35, and took them to The Southam Mini Metro Centre were the nice people have a press to push the new bushes in. They charge fairly on a time basis, mine cost 350 and the car is now quiet again. If you can get your car to Southam give them a call. 01926 815681.
Cool glad you got yours fixed I think fiat should have to fix the bloody things for free as it was them who designed the mozzarella suspension
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Re: Mutliwagon rear suspension bushes

My local Fiat garage, Anthony Betts, Hemel Hempstead replaced both bushes into the existing subframe earlier this year (May) from memory it was about 330 GBP which I didn't think was too bad including parts. I've swapped a complete subframe on a Citroen C15D van before so I let Fiat do this one
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Re: Mutliwagon rear suspension bushes

Thanks for the good article yampug.

I bought the bushes for roughly 28 and asked the FIAT dealer how much it would cost to fit them - they looked in the book and said 233. I asked them if that was a fixed price and they said "yes" - so I got them to do it.

It took 2 mechanics all day to do it and they said if asked to do it again they would replace the whole sub-frame!

I think the main trouble was the old bushes had been glued in and they had great difficulty getting them out. They also had to replace some brake line they damaged.

I can do most things on a car but I'm really glad I didn't try it myself.

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Re: Mutliwagon rear suspension bushes

Just to let everyone know, I tried to get Fiat (UK & Milan) to pay some or all of the cost of the labour for the bush replacements. They refused and say its fair wear and tear, even on a Stilo which has done only 53,000/and is 5 years old. Anyone else got them to pay some of the labour ?
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Re: Mutliwagon rear suspension bushes

hi,
new here and just a little question
are the stilo multiwagons as bad as their made out to be?

i've looked at a couple of jtd's but have been frightened away from them by press and friends with horror stories.

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Re: Mutliwagon rear suspension bushes

Hi rayb,
I've had my 2003 JTD Multiwagon for 5 years. It's generally been a good car and very economical. The only big problem it had was with these rear suspension bushes so check to make sure they have been changed. The other niggle is that mine eats tyres.

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Re: Mutliwagon rear suspension bushes

Company in Italy selling a tool for fitting the bushes, but knowing the amount of pressure required to fit them, the threaded rod doesn't look strong enough to me.

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Re: Mutliwagon rear suspension bushes

Would this be the same for a 54 plate 5 door hatch?
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Re: Mutliwagon rear suspension bushes

Hi all. Not sure if this will be of any use to anyone? I recently started to get a very uncomfortable ride from my 04 Stilo Multiwagon when every little bump in the road was felt in the rear as a jarring jolt. I can only describe this sensation as like having a concrete slab falling from an upright position onto its flat side within the load/boot area. Anyway, upon inspection it was found that the rear suspension bushes had worn and needed urgent replacement. I have now had this work done and can give you the overall price. I used a local garage which specialises in Fiat repair: Disconnect and remove rear axil, remove bushes, fit new bushes, refit axil and all moveable parts. Bleed brakes and road test. All this work (including parts at 34.92), was completed for 316.16. I must admit to being quite happy with the price as it was originally quoted as 100 more than this and I know it is a difficult job. Hope this helps out anyone who may be experiencing a similar problem.
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