New shock absorber upper mounting nuts and a new mounting gasket will be required on refitting.
Check the front wheels, then jack up the rear of the car and support it on axle stands. To improve access, remove the rear roadwheel.
On Saloon and Coupe models, lift up the luggage compartment floor panel and remove the oddments tray/battery cover. On the left-hand side, remove the warning triangle, prise out the plastic rivet, and remove the warning triangle bracket. Prise out the retaining clips securing the luggage compartment side trim cover in position, and remove the trim and insulation panel to gain access to the shock absorber upper mounting
Prise out the warning triangle bracket plastic rivet (arrowed)
Lever up the centre pin, then prise out the plastic rivets
Pull the top of the C-pillar trim towards the centre of the cabin to release the top push-on clip
Pull the top of the trim to release the clip
With the top released, pull up the lower edge of the trim and remove it.
Open the tailgate, press the release button, and fold down the flap in the luggage compartment side panel.
The D-pillar trim is secured by two bolts in the centre, and two push-on clips at the top edge. Undo the bolts, pull the top of the trim to release the clips, then lift the trim away
. Disconnect the luggage compartment light as the trim is removed.
Undo the D-pillar trim bolts (arrowed)
Fold the rear seat forward, unclip the top section of the side trim adjacent to the door aperture, then lift the trim upwards and remove it
Unclip the top section of the side trim
Release the two clips at the front edge, and remove the seat belt reel trim cover from the top of the side panel
Release the two clips (arrowed) and remove the trim cover
Undo the bolt securing the lower seat belt mounting.
Undo the two retaining bolts, and remove the luggage compartment roller cover mounting from the side panel
Undo the two bolts (arrowed) and remove the roller cover mounting
Lever out the centre pin and prise out the expanding plastic rivet, undo the bolts/nut, then remove the cover from the seat belt reel
Prise out the expansion rivet, undo the bolts/nuts and remove the cover from the seat belt reel (arrowed)
Slacken the retaining bolt and remove the trim from the lower edge of the rear side window
Undo the bolt (arrowed) and remove the trim
Lift the trim flap, undo the bolts and remove the ‘lashing eye’ from the side panel
Lift the flap and undo the lashing-eye bolts
Carefully prise the 12V power socket from the side trim, and disconnect the wiring plugs as the socket is withdrawn.
Prise out the centre pin and lever out the plastic expansion rivet from the lower edge of the trim panel.
Lever out the mounting at the top, and remove the trim panel, feeding the power socket wiring through the hole as the panel is removed.
Position a jack underneath the trailing arm, and raise the jack so that it is supporting the weight of the arm. This will prevent the arm dropping when the shock absorber is unscrewed.
Slacken and remove the bolt securing the shock absorber to the trailing arm
Undo the lower shock absorber bolt
From within the luggage compartment, unscrew the upper mounting nuts
. Lower the shock absorber out from underneath the car, and recover the gasket which is fitted between the upper mounting and body.
Undo the rear shock absorber upper mounting nuts (arrowed)
Ensure the upper mounting plate and body contact surfaces are clean and dry, and fit a new gasket to the upper mounting plate.
Manoeuvre the shock absorber into position, and fit the new upper mounting nuts.
Ensure the lower end of the shock absorber is positioned with the mounting bush spacer thrustwasher facing towards the bolt. Screw in the lower mounting bolt, tightening it by hand only at this stage.
Tighten the upper mounting nuts to the specified torque setting then refit the insulation panel, luggage compartment trim panel, rear light access cover and loudspeaker (as applicable).
Refit the roadwheel and lower the car to the ground. With the car resting on its wheels, tighten the shock absorber lower mounting bolt and roadwheel bolts to the specified torque.
||100 Nm (74 Ibf ft)
|Shock absorber lower mounting bolt
||100 Nm (74 Ibf ft)
|Shock absorber upper mounting nuts:
| Strength grade 8.8 (see head of bolt)
||22 Nm (16 Ibf ft)
| Strength grade 10.9 (see head of bolt)
||30 Nm (22 Ibf ft)