[DML] Re: What is this part?
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[DML] Re: What is this part?

This is a critically important part!!!  It is an alignment shim for
the trailing arms.  If it has fallen off (which it obviously has) then
one of your trailing arm bolts is no longer tight, thus has play in
it, will cause other shims to fall off if present, and most
importantly will cause dangerous wear on your trailing arm bolts.

Check both trailing arm bolts.  If only one of them is loose, you know
where the shim goes.  Take note of the number of shims on each side
(hopefully that is the only one that has fallen out), then remove both
TAB (trailing arm bolts) and inspect.  If either are bent, replace
them.  If they are not bent, clean, lubricate, reinstall with correct
shims for each side (for rear wheel alignment).  Torque down to about
55lbs and then double-nut them.

Jim Reeve

--- In dmcnews@xxxxxxxxxxxxxxx, "Ed B." <mr.pants@...> wrote:
> This part - a u-shaped washer/spacer-  "fell off" my car from
> while we removing the stock exhaust; we figure the vibrations involved 
> during the removal caused it to come off somewhere.  Anybody know what 
> this is and where it should go?
> pic here:
> Thanks,
> - ed
> -- 
> 1982 DMC-12 [11594]
> 1986.5 928S
> 1990 Coupe Quattro 20V

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