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Replacing a lower front wishbone on an Alfa 156/147/GT

Changing a tired old wishbone that's seen more pot holes than a Manchester curb crawl. Having ground clearance is a big help on this one. This is for the left hand side or Near Side.

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A good starting point once the vehicle is jacked up safely, is to take off the under tray and remove the front wheel.

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Undo the 17mm nut holding the drop link to the fork leg.

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Undo the 22mm nut holding the wishbone ball joint to the bottom of the front pillar.

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Undo the 19mm nut on the bolt that passes through the bottom of the fork leg and wishbone knuckle but leave the bolt in.

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Apply upward pressure on the wishbone ball joint to put some load on the front suspension......

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....so after a few given TAPS with a hammer (if you get my drift) the pillar should pop from the ball joint. Now you can remove the knuckle bolt.

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Loosen the two anti roll bar bolts to allow more room to aid the removal and replacement of the wishbone.

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Undo the four wishbone mount bolts, with a certain amount of wiggling the wishbone can now be removed.

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Insert the rear corner of the new wishbone first and then the front. (Parts: 156 lower wishbones, 147 lower wishbones, GT lower wishbones)

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Tack the ball joint to the pillar and add some upward pressure to flatten the wishbone mounts to the sub frame.

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Use hand grips to hold the front wishbone mount in place and a screw driver to align the holes then tack the two bolts.

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Align and tack the rear mount then fasten all four bolts. Now put everything back together and don't forget to tighten the anti roll bar back up.

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