14 May 2013

Hyundai Elantra GLS -1999

Changing a rusty crossmember.

Hyundai Elantra 1999 is famous for its rusty crossmember bars. In fact, if you listen very carefully, you can hear it is rusting away.
All the nuts, bolts and sleeves inside the bushings which I had to remove were completely rusted together. The only way to remove them were by using an angle-grinder.

Red circles shows the bushings I chose to remove in order to get the crossmember removed from underneath the car.

As you can see from the picture, it was very rusty. The metal was like crackers.

 I used an arm puller tool to remove the bushings from the stabilizer arms.

I photo of the "new" crossmember after it was cleaned, blasted and painted.

I made myself a press tool to put the new bushings into place. I cleaned the metal on the stabilizers, using a Dremel andI  had some Fairy dish washer soap on the bushings and the stabilizer before I used the press tool to put it together. The press tool is made of a long bolt, 2 x nuts and 2 x washers. The long bolt goes through the bushing and stabilizer. Then it is just to use the nuts in order to push it together.

Part list:

2 x Nut                                   1310412001
2 x Washer-spring                  1361212001
2 x Plate                                 5523322001
2 x Bolt-cam                          5523029000
6 x Flange nut (self locking) 5455928000
4 x Bolt-flange                      551173F000
2 x Bolt                                 5521722000
4 x Bush-rr susp rr arm         5277329000
4 x Bush-rr susp fr arm         5521529000

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