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hi there, me mondys due for the mot on monday and i was advised at the last mot to change the wishbones, so last week i got them and went to simply do the job but on the nearside the gearbox is in the way to let you pull the bolts out which causes a slight problem!!. thought about cuttin the head of the bolt off then replacing it, but upside down so i dont have to lift the engine up to change the wishbone. if you know what i mean :innocent just wondered if anyones got any ideas or experience on changing the passenger side front wishbone that would make it a bit easier or faster to do the job!! thanks in advance andy,.
 

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I've done this change by cutting the bolt and replacing it with one upside down. It will certainly get you through the MOT, but many people feel that there are safety issues, as if the nut were to vibrate off, the bolt could then just drop out with potentially catastrophic consequences. I would argue that if you were to bore a small hole through the nut and bolt and put a split pin through to prevent the nut coming off, you should be safe enough. Also, you could put a small spot weld to hold the nut in place, but then it might be a damned nuisance to remove it the next time. I suppose, there's only one way that's actually the "right" way I guess! Decisions decisions!
 

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on a certain cd IIRC it actually says to cut the bolt head of and replace upside down if you use the proper nuts then they won't come undone :)
 

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Did my wishbones myself mate and it is a pain in the arse!! You have to lower the subframe by a few inches to get the bolt out. Remove the roll restrictor centre bolts, anti-roll bar to drop link bolts etc and drop the subframe a few inches (make sure you get new pinch bolts for the wishbones!). There will be restriction so a bit of leverage is needed (some form of grolly bar). It is a pain to do and a shocking design flaw. TOP TIP - Whilst you are there, replace the anti-roll bar bushes at the same time (they are cheap but make sure you get the new C-clamps also)as you have to drop the subframe for this as well!!! Again you cannot fully remove the anti roll bar bush C-clamp bolts otherwise.
Make sure you support the engine when dropping the subframe just to be safe
Hope this helps!
 

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yeah i know ive left it a bit late, the mot bloke said "leave it till the summer when its a bit warmer" but i kept putting it off and off! during the last 12 months though i did do the head gaskets which took me a while and alot of money! and after that ive been concentrating on the house and a summer holiday to keep the missus and kids happy if you know what i mean, :D
 

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Deanarse said:
Did my wishbones myself mate and it is a pain in the arse!! You have to lower the subframe by a few inches to get the bolt out. Remove the roll restrictor centre bolts, anti-roll bar to drop link bolts etc and drop the subframe a few inches (make sure you get new pinch bolts for the wishbones!). There will be restriction so a bit of leverage is needed (some form of grolly bar). It is a pain to do and a shocking design flaw. TOP TIP - Whilst you are there, replace the anti-roll bar bushes at the same time (they are cheap but make sure you get the new C-clamps also)as you have to drop the subframe for this as well!!! Again you cannot fully remove the anti roll bar bush C-clamp bolts otherwise.
Make sure you support the engine when dropping the subframe just to be safe
Hope this helps!
i did the same make sure the subframe is lined up
 

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i fitted my bolt upside down and drilled the bolt as suggested but fitted it with an agricultural R pin.. never had a problem in the last 5 years
 

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The new bolt that Ford will sell you is shorter than the old one so that you can fit it upside down without damaging the gear box.

Arent the subframe bolts upside down anyway?

Just wire it in of you are worried.
 

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hi guys, decided to wait until monday to change the wishbone so i could check with the garage that was doing the mot if it was ok to put the bolt in upside down, and they said yes so i scooted down the local scrappy and got a replacement bolt off another mondeo, which they charged me 2 quid for it!! probably cheaper to get it new from fraud!! but the car was booked in for the mot at 2.30 pm so i had to hurry! id already done the offside last week so i knew what to expect when changing it. undid everything then got the grinder out to chop the bolt off, but i could'nt quite reach the bolt with it so i had to resort to using the hacksaw which did'nt take to long. the hardest part i found was getting the wishbone back in position, e.g anti roll bar in the way etc. but got it in with some mild persuasion with the hammer and bar etc. all in all it took me just under 2 hours and thats including getting the other bolt from the scrappy aswell!! so i was quite pleased with meself :D cheers guys.
 

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I did the gearbox side wishbone change I didn't enjoy it to much. Instead of dropping the subframe I lifted the engine up 6 inches It involved alot of unbolting and carful manovering, but I got there. I would not advise doing it the way I did it but I was worried about re alligning the subframe wrong.
Have fun and good luck!!
 

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but all you needed to do was to take the nut off , knock the bolt up as far as it would go and hack the head off and then draw the remains down , or am i missing something :crazy:
 
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