78 245 Trailing arm

Discussion in 'Volvo 240' started by Enoch Zembecowicz, Nov 12, 2003.

  1. I have (unsuccessfully) tried to change my traling arm bushings on my car
    ('78 245), and am giving up and reassembling it. The arm now seems too
    short by about an inch. I can connect the rear part by the differential,
    or the front part just past the shock absorber, but not both. Did I bend
    it or is there some trick that I'm missing here?
    Enoch Zembecowicz, Nov 12, 2003
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    Mike F Guest

    Because the bushings are shot, the axle is not located properly and can
    twist. The differential assembly is heavier on the front, causing the
    axle to rotate. Lift up the front of the diff with a hydraulic jack,
    which should rotate everything into line.
    Mike F, Nov 13, 2003
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    James Sweet Guest

    Is it the front or rear bushings you're trying to replace? For the big rear
    ones you need a special tool, there's plans out there to make one, though
    it's MUCH easier if you have access to a metal lathe.
    James Sweet, Nov 13, 2003
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    Roger Curtis Guest

    James is correct. I had a mechanic do my 78 245. I think IPD now sells a
    tool for rear trailing arm bushings. Check out ipdusa.com
    Roger Curtis, Nov 15, 2003
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    Alex Zepeda Guest

    IPD wants quite a bit of money for the tool (the Volvo dealer too). There
    are instructions buried in the Brickboard's 700/900 FAQ (go figure) on how
    to make the tool yourself for very little money.

    - alex

    '85 244 Turbo
    Alex Zepeda, Nov 16, 2003
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    James Sweet Guest

    James Sweet, Nov 16, 2003
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