If necessary for removing control arm 2 from the wheel carrier/spring strut eye, lift the wheel carrier slightly using a universal jack.

- Unhook appropriate parking brake cable and pull it out of the guide from


9. Disconnect control arm 1/5 from subframe (internal connection / 2 screws).

10. Unscrew pan head screws of drive shaft from transmission flange.


To prevent damage to the drive shaft, place a protective tube on the drive shaft.

11. Mount a suitable lever on the wheel hub. Using the lever, lift the wheel carrier and swing it out at the bottom. Pull out the drive shaft in this position (2nd mechanic required).

Depending on tolerances, it may also be necessary to turn the wheel carrier in the direction of toe-in with the lever.



1. To install the drive shaft, proceed in reverse order. Carry out a visual inspection of ail parts before starting installation.

Grease the drive shaft teeth with Optimoly HT. First step: Insert the drive shaft.

2. Check thread condition and grade of eccentric bolt.

Required grade 10.9 (grade first used 8.8 /

check spare parts catalog). The grade is shown on the bolt head.

If thread is damaged or bolt is grade 8.8, use new eccentric boit.

In this case, transfer position mark from old eccentric bolt to new bolt.

3. Do not grease Dacromet bolting (aluminum appearance). Observe torque specifications.

Caution: For tightening bolting on subframe, note item 4 (page 42 - 20).


4. Tighten bolts in area A (eccentric bolt) and bolt of control arm 5 in reference position). Reference position: Control arm 2 and the rear cross member must form a horizontal line. To establish reference position, lift wheel carrier with universal jack.


The bolts mentioned above can also be tightened when the vehicle is on its wheels and has been pushed up and down about 25 mm a few times.

7. Install cover of control arm 1/5 and the underside guards and panels.


If drive shafts are installed and removed in accordance with these instructions, alignment measurements are not necessary as there are only minor changes in wheel alignment. The max. change in toe-in per rear wheel is 5'.

5. Install parking brake cable and adjust parking brake (p. 46-13). Install brake caliper.

6. Tighten drive shaft on transmission flange and wheel hub. Use new fastening nut.

42 71 19 Removing and installing rear spring strut


1. Remove rear wheel, engine guard from engine/transmission and rear underside panel.

2. Disconnect stabilizer mount from stabilizer (holding open jaw wrench against bolt). The stabilizer mount must remain attached to the spring strut. Remove stabilizer clamp.

3. Loosen control arm 2 (toe control arm) (do not remove it completely at this state.

4. To prevent damage to the drive shaft, place a protective tube on the drive shaft (the drive shaft may rest on the subframe (rear axle side part) after removal of the spring

5. To remove the left spring strut, first remove the heater blower. To remove the right spring strut, first remove the air filter.

6. Release M 8 fastening nuts (4 in all) from

Mark the position of eccentric bolt A (eccentric toe bolt) for installation. Then swing the eccentric bolt and control arm 2 out of the cross member from below.

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