[DML] Trailing Arm Bolt questions
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[DML] Trailing Arm Bolt questions



Checked my trailing arm bolts the other day and I have
a few questions. 

1) I have an automatic, so the driver's side TAB is in
a very tight space. I've read several of the
"How-To's" on the main site as well as on DMCTalk so
I'm familiar with the concept of freeing the trailing
arm by removing the bolts on the wheel hub, presumably
allowing some movement of the bolt so it can be
removed. However, how exactly do you get a
wratchet/wrench onto the TAB head with such little
space such that you can hold the TAB steady and loosen
the nut on its opposite end? Does the tranny need to
be dropped/raised? My bolts are installed such that
the head is towards the transmission (I believe most
are like that.) 

2) The driver side has a typical (according to
diagrams) set up: 3 shims sandwiched between the
trailing arm and the large washer on top of the
bushing. The passenger side has a different setup in
that it has 2 of the large bushing washers, one
against the trailing arm followed by 2 shims and then
the second washer atop the bushing. Is this typical or
did someone substitute a washer for a shim?

3) How much, if any, lateral movement should one see
when gripping the rear wheel at 9 and 3 and moving it
side to side? When I perform this I cannot feel the
wheel move nor see it move. however, if I watch the
trailing arm at the bushing when an assistant does
this I see the arm move between 1-2mm because of the
bushing compressing. I'm assuming this is a no-no?

The bolts appear to be straight (I want to stress the
word appear since I was unable to loosen the driver
side), the shims are not loose and do not rotate
freely. 

Thanks in advance.

-Kevin
VIN2234 


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