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DIY Stilo Rear Bush Replacement.
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DIY Stilo Rear Bush Replacement.

Measured the ride high(important).

I used axle stands under the rear of the car direct onto the chassi and dropped the axle to the floor being carefull not to damage the brake pipes etc.

Checked the bushes by inserting the bolt and bending them down so I could see properly. As you can see from the photo's the near side bush had completely gone and had cracks in it.
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I knocked off the end plates and took photo's of the bushes positions so I could align the new ones the same way.
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I then cut the center out of the bushes using a hack saw.
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That left the outer shell of the bush so I carefully cut though it with a hack saw and pushed it out.
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Cleaned up the bore and gave it a thin coat of copper grease.
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Drawed a line on the bush so I could align it properly with the weld on the axle.
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Pushed the bush in using a large bearing puller.
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After pushing it in about half way I swopped the bearing puller round and use a large steel ring to give clearence for the rear of the bush and to give better clearence to the bearing puller. Checked I had lined it up properly before continuing.
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The final push home.
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The bush is fully pushed in and correctly aligned.
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Raised up the axle and bolted it back to the chassi.
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Tightened the 8 bolts holding the brackets, clipped the brake hoses etc back in place and then put the wheels back on. Checked the ride high was the same as before and torqued up the bolts that go through the bushes.
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Reducing the interference fit to a more managable level was the key. I removed 0.15mm from both new bushes but it was still hard work to wind in the bearing puller. I had mine machined down by a friend, others have used other methods.

I hope some of you find this helpfull and saves you some cash in the process.

If you have any questions or think I should add stuff to the guide feel free to PM me.
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Re: DIY Stilo Rear Bush Replacement.

Great guide mate! Thanx a lot!!
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Re: DIY Stilo Rear Bush Replacement.

drew and swapped (sorry couldn't help it)....

otherwise an excellent guide, im sure it will be a great help to those that get the £700 quote from a stealer , i know i'll be using it come the time
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Re: DIY Stilo Rear Bush Replacement.

Looks good I'm going to be doing mine soon, any chance you can add a list of required tools to the top of the guide?
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Re: DIY Stilo Rear Bush Replacement.

Quote Originally Posted by punto60_s View Post
Looks good I'm going to be doing mine soon, any chance you can add a list of required tools to the top of the guide?
Due to the fact this is the first and only guide I've attempted I didn't know I wouldn't be able to edit/update it afterwards, I was expecting it to be similar to the classifieds section where you can edit/update your post at any time.

I'll put together a list and see if I can get a MOD to edit the Guide for me. If not I'll post it here in the comments section.
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Re: DIY Stilo Rear Bush Replacement.

It will need edited anyway,all images must be attached in the guides
Might be easier to redo it and make your amendments at the same time

https://www.fiatforum.com/guides/435...e-new-how.html
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Re: DIY Stilo Rear Bush Replacement.

Quote Originally Posted by custard View Post
It will need edited anyway,all images must be attached in the guides
Might be easier to redo it and make your amendments at the same time

https://www.fiatforum.com/guides/435...e-new-how.html
If I PM you the list of tools can you do the editing for me please? Not really sure what I'm doing.
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Re: DIY Stilo Rear Bush Replacement.

Thanks for editting the photo's for me Davren.

£20 for 1 brand new rear bush and its nut and bolt, delivered free = BARGAIN
http://cgi.ebay.co.uk/FIAT-STILO-REA...-/230612094419
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Re: DIY Stilo Rear Bush Replacement.

hi what reach is the gear puller and where can i get the other pieces to do the job ie the two bits of metal will be doing both mine asap thanks
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Re: DIY Stilo Rear Bush Replacement.

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hi what reach is the gear puller and where can i get the other pieces to do the job ie the two bits of metal will be doing both mine asap thanks
A friend made the the 2 metal bits for me. The large bearing puller I purchased from ebay, £9.99 I think. Its total reach is about 350mm, but the bigger the better. Two or a three leg puller will do the job as long as the interference fit of the bush/axle is reduced slightly so less force is needed to push it in.
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Re: DIY Stilo Rear Bush Replacement.

What is the most clear sign of a bad bush? I mean if you just drive the car and don't want to "dirty" yourself. Is there any strange feeleing with the steering wheel or any specific sound of it?
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The most obvious sign is oil leaking out of the bush.

Other signs are cracks or splits in the rubber. The car feeling loose at speed, 80mph or more. Loud bangs from the rear of the car when hiting speed humps or pot holes.
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You won't be in any doubt as to whether the bushes are shot. The rattling noise as you go over bumps will tell you all you need to know.
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Re: DIY Stilo Rear Bush Replacement.

I've attached FIATs Rear Bush Service Note to this post, thought it may be of interest to some of you.
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sorry it been a while i used 12mm threaded bar and nuts made the plates driled holes through middle and wound them in with a extendable wheel brace no need to skim bushes took me 7 hour by my self job done cheers
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