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Thunderbolt
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Whats this?

Post by Thunderbolt » Wed 10 Jan, 2018 10:33 pm

Anyone know what this it fell out from under the front somewhere when I was washing her. Any ideas?
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Bartman4800
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Re: Whats this?

Post by Bartman4800 » Thu 11 Jan, 2018 11:23 am

That looks like a steel bushing that was once encapsulated by rubber.

I would have a very good look at my suspension if I was you, anti-roll bar included

There must at least be 1 fastener missing.


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Re: Whats this?

Post by MaXim » Thu 11 Jan, 2018 1:22 pm

This looks like the steel tube that makes up the lower control arm bushing from a W126.

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The W123 version has more rubber and a thinner aluminium tube instead. Both versions have to be pressed into the LCA so maybe I am totally wrong about this as I struggle to imagine how it would just "fall out" of the car.

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Re: Whats this?

Post by mathuisella » Thu 11 Jan, 2018 4:39 pm

Nope, i know exactly what it is :)

it's a spacer for one of the bolts that holds the AC compressor in place. you see without the bushing it's alost impossible to get a tool in the right place to tighten it up without hitting the pressurised coolant lines, so a longer bolt + spacer was used.

ill grab a few pictures and post them up shortly

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Re: Whats this?

Post by Thunderbolt » Thu 11 Jan, 2018 8:39 pm

Thanks for the replies. I thought it llooked like a spacer of sorts Methuselah but there's nothing missing off the compressor but it was replaced according to paperwork in glovebox. I was underneath before having a look round and its got a delphi compressor so maybe the spacers are different and it just got placed there somewhere and stayed there untill I blew it off the other day
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