strange noise from the p/s rear.. had a win

#1
hi there,
I have had an annoying rattle from the rear p/s side for the last 18 months.
Today over lunch , I reasoned that I had checked all the rubber bushes that I could see and inspected nuts for looseness, all were serviceable , so in desperation I decide to remove the n/s rear shocker, as the only possible remaining source of the noise.
I removed the 2 nuts on the top of the unit, (visually all looked well and had been inspected before), and all became apparent... the top rubber bush had disintegrated on the inside, and allowed the stem of the shocker to touch the side of the entry hole in the upper body. I rummaged around my many old parts boxes and found 2 suitable rubber bushes that were a perfect fit for the rover. Fitted them and did a test drive, no more noises from the rear, very happy at the Win Win for the day,

Also yesterday had another win, fitted a LED high level stop light bar the the rear window an while I had all the tools out, fitted 2 front side wing indicators, a job that had been on the back-burner for many months, all worked first time, Win Win again..:)
Peter

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#3
All modern cars have them and now I have caught up.
It is indeed very bright, much more so than the standard Rover vehicle lights, it instantly draws your attention.
The side repeater indicators were specifically to give warning to cyclists that frequently pull up alongside when waiting at road junctions or traffic lights, now they can definitely see my intentions to turn, where as before I was never quiet sure if they realized that I was turning left and that they were possible going to do the same thing or worse go straight ahead?
A recipe for disaster just waiting to happen??
Peter
 
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harveyp6

Well-Known Member
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I decide to remove the n/s rear shocker, as the only possible remaining source of the noise.
I removed the 2 nuts on the top of the unit, (visually all looked well and had been inspected before), and all became apparent... the top rubber bush had disintegrated on the inside, and allowed the stem of the shocker to touch the side of the entry hole in the upper body.
The bushes you removed are incorrect. They should be flat doughnuts with a nylon sleeve through them.

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#6
an update:
here is a picture of the correct rubber bushes as received from Wadhams, note the shape and the insert nylon sleeve as kindly mentioned by harveyp6.
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now to fit the little tykes...
Peter
 

PepijnWK

Active Member
#7
I have a question: the rubbers above are they used at the bottom of the shock and at the top? so you need two tubes and four rubberbushes per shock?
 
#12
As far as I know, the pictured rubber bushes go inside the car , one per side. That is all I ordered.
perhaps harveyp6 will enlighten us.
my rear shocker was making a noise, when the top , inside , bush was removed it had disintegrated internally and was rubbing on the side of the hole.
you can only access that bush from the inside of the car, after removing the rear seat.
Peter
 

Quagmire

Active Member
#15
Hi Butter fingers - would you be able to do me a huge favour and measure the ID, OD and thickness of the v8 style washers that sandwich the bushes please? I need to get a set for my car and some sizes would be massively helpful.

Thanks!
 

harveyp6

Well-Known Member
#17
PS I've just looked in the parts book and there are two types of washer, so 4 of each required. The difference will be the size of the hole in the middle. One will be 3/8" to go over the threaded part of the pin, the other will be bigger to go over the pin itself. No sizes in the book though.
 
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cobraboy

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If the thread is 3/8" UNF then you could guess at making some up, as you say Harvey, 4 with holes to clear 3/8" and 4 with holes to clear 7/16" should do it. As long as they are beefy in thickness, the OD is not that critical.
 
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Hi Butter fingers - would you be able to do me a huge favor and measure the ID, OD and thickness of the v8 style washers that sandwich the bushes please? I need to get a set for my car and some sizes would be massively helpful.

Thanks!
hi there, tomorrow is Saturday and I will go into the shed and measure the washers for you and post up here...
Peter
 
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