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Old 04 Oct 2016, 11:00 am
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Default Clunk in rear of car.

How much trouble is it to replace the Watt's Link in my rear suspension? There's been a clunk sound from the rear since I've had the PT and have decided the link is the culprit. Can I do the change out in my driveway or do I have to take it to my usual shop to get it done? Are the links on eBay comparable to the originals? Should I use all new hardware? All advice will be appreciated.
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Old 04 Oct 2016, 11:18 am
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Default Re: Clunk in rear of car.

Very easy job that can be done in a driveway or "dirt" yard.

I recommend that you replace the bolt when you replace the bell crank.
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Old 05 Oct 2016, 09:29 am
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Default Re: Clunk in rear of car.

There is a video on you tube. Might want to watch as there are some tools you may not have.
Good luck!

PS check the spare tire is tight
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Old 05 Oct 2016, 12:46 pm
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Default Re: Clunk in rear of car.

I did mine a few months back on my drive - it's a fairly straightforward job, especially if you change the link bars at the same time. Then you only have to undo each link bar where it bolts to the chassis and the centre bolt on the Watts link and remove the assembly in one piece. This saves having to split the two link bar joints at the Watts linkage.

Only real thing to be sure of is that you check the orientation of the linkage when you put it all back together, there is a right and a wrong way.

Oh, and if you do do it at home, make sure the car is properly supported before diving underneath. A jack would be too risky, as you have to get a good way under the car to access everything!
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