IPD sale XeMODeX - Experts in Volvo Electronics
Did you know? 🤔
Logged in users can get email notification of topic replies Log in or register (free).
Amazon Link Buy anything with this and it helps MVS!

Removing rear delta link end link bushing, jack up one side of the car?

Help, Advice and DIY Tutorials on Volvo's extremely popular car line -- Volvo's 1990s "bread and butter" cars -- powered by the ubiquitous and durable Volvo inline 5-cylinder engine.

1992 - 1997 850, 850 R, 850 T5-R, 850 T5, 850 GLT
1997 - 2000 S70, S70 AWD
1997 - 2000 V70, V70 AWD
1997 - 2000 V70-XC
1997 - 2004 C70

LOB
Posts: 147
Joined: Fri May 20, 2016 4:21 am
Year and Model: 855 GLT 2.5T
Location: Sweden/ Norway
Has thanked: 4 times
Been thanked: 12 times
Sweden
LOB

Removing rear delta link end link bushing, jack up one side of the car?

Post by LOB » Thu Dec 05, 2019 2:52 am

Do I need to lift the whole rear end of the car to ease the tension in the delta link or can I just lift one side? The reason I am asking is that my garage is very small and narrow and I need to do the front control arm at the same time. After doing one side, I would reverse in to the garage to do the other side of car. I have ordered the special tool so I am looking forward to a hustle free day in the garage! :D

User avatar
abscate
MVS Moderator
Posts: 21023
Joined: Sun Feb 17, 2013 5:54 pm
Year and Model: 99T5 ,99S70,2005V70
Location: NYC, ALBANY NY
Has thanked: 315 times
Been thanked: 969 times
Trinidad & Tobago
abscate

Re: Removing rear delta link end link bushing, jack up one side of the car?

Post by abscate » Thu Dec 05, 2019 4:04 am

I’m not sure on this one.

If you plan on the drill out method, that would take care of it, though.

Be careful with that tool, if the links are really frozen, it will break the tool.
These users thanked the author abscate for the post:
LOB
Empty Nester
A Captain in a Sea of Estrogen
1999-V70-T5M56 2005-V70-M56 1999-S70 VW T4 BMW
Link to Maintenance record thread
Link To Volvo Glossary

LOB
Posts: 147
Joined: Fri May 20, 2016 4:21 am
Year and Model: 855 GLT 2.5T
Location: Sweden/ Norway
Has thanked: 4 times
Been thanked: 12 times
Sweden
LOB

Re: Removing rear delta link end link bushing, jack up one side of the car?

Post by LOB » Thu Dec 05, 2019 6:10 am

I plan to use heat together with the tool. My second question after reading about this operation:
You need to undo the lower shock absorber mounting, right?

Chuck W
Posts: 268
Joined: Wed Dec 24, 2014 10:45 am
Year and Model: 97 854 T5
Location: Indianapolis, IN
Has thanked: 19 times
Been thanked: 39 times
United States of America
Chuck W

Re: Removing rear delta link end link bushing, jack up one side of the car?

Post by Chuck W » Thu Dec 05, 2019 4:21 pm

LOB wrote:
Thu Dec 05, 2019 6:10 am
I plan to use heat together with the tool. My second question after reading about this operation:
You need to undo the lower shock absorber mounting, right?
Don't bother with the heat. It has never worked for me.

Attacking it with a drill across the top is usually enough to get it to break free. (I use a 5/16" bit)
Image

Make absolutely sure that you grease/lube the threads on that tool.

I don't think you need to undo the shock mount, as you'll just be dropping the front of the link, but it wouldn't hurt. The last 2 times I did this, I was also replacing the inner bushings on the other side of the delta links at the same time, so I had to undo the shocks, etc.

For me, the biggest hassle was getting the parking brake cables loose from the front bracket. They get corroded and do not come out easy. They'll be in your way when trying to remove/install the links.
If you've read the procedure, you know about being mindful of the fuel and brake lines that are attached to things, to avoid stressing them.

For installing the new link, dish soap works excellent. Much better than grease.
These users thanked the author Chuck W for the post:
LOB

LOB
Posts: 147
Joined: Fri May 20, 2016 4:21 am
Year and Model: 855 GLT 2.5T
Location: Sweden/ Norway
Has thanked: 4 times
Been thanked: 12 times
Sweden
LOB

Re: Removing rear delta link end link bushing, jack up one side of the car?

Post by LOB » Fri Dec 06, 2019 1:15 am

Thanks Chuck W!
Using a drill I imagined there would be a risk of creating grades "inside" the delta link which makes mounting more difficult? What about jacking up the car. Do I have to lift the whole rear end (see my first post)?

Dish soap it is! (Since you only want to ease friction once, when mounting it, and not permanently as with grease I'm with you there!)

Chuck W
Posts: 268
Joined: Wed Dec 24, 2014 10:45 am
Year and Model: 97 854 T5
Location: Indianapolis, IN
Has thanked: 19 times
Been thanked: 39 times
United States of America
Chuck W

Re: Removing rear delta link end link bushing, jack up one side of the car?

Post by Chuck W » Fri Dec 06, 2019 8:03 am

Installing wasn't really an issue.

The bushing has a tendency to drive in crooked regardless, so I would just get it going and stop when I saw it looking crooked. A couple taps on that side of the bushing flange would allow it to even up. Tighten up a bit more, a couple taps, and so on. Use careful taps, as the bushing shell is plastic/nylon and you can crack it.

Making sure you clean the inside of the link before installing also helps.

Just take your time and don't try and force it in all in one go.

User avatar
E Showell
Posts: 3067
Joined: Thu Oct 16, 2008 4:00 pm
Year and Model: V70R '06 AWD Auto
Location: Long Valley, N.J.
Has thanked: 13 times
Been thanked: 67 times
United States of America
E Showell

Re: Removing rear delta link end link bushing, jack up one side of the car?

Post by E Showell » Fri Dec 06, 2019 8:25 am

You can jack one side of the car and do one side at a time. Both rear wheels don't need to be off the ground to replace a delta link.
'98 V70 NA FWD 5 spd, silver sand metallic (sold)
'99 V70 NA FWD Auto, dark blue (actively for sale)
'99 S70 NA FWD Auto, black (sold and resurrected -- Don't cry for me Argentina . . . )
'07 S80 3.2 FWD Auto, Barents Blue Metallic
'06 V70 R AWD Auto, Sonic Blue Metallic
'04 XC70 Ruby Red Metallic
'95 855 auto (sold)
'86 245 manual (sold)

Chuck W
Posts: 268
Joined: Wed Dec 24, 2014 10:45 am
Year and Model: 97 854 T5
Location: Indianapolis, IN
Has thanked: 19 times
Been thanked: 39 times
United States of America
Chuck W

Re: Removing rear delta link end link bushing, jack up one side of the car?

Post by Chuck W » Fri Dec 06, 2019 9:47 am

E Showell wrote:
Fri Dec 06, 2019 8:25 am
You can jack one side of the car and do one side at a time. Both rear wheels don't need to be off the ground to replace a delta link.
I guess was never answered. :P

To avoid fighting the the rear sway bar, you might loosen/disconnect it on the PS side of the car, but other than that, one side at a time is fine.
These users thanked the author Chuck W for the post:
LOB

User avatar
E Showell
Posts: 3067
Joined: Thu Oct 16, 2008 4:00 pm
Year and Model: V70R '06 AWD Auto
Location: Long Valley, N.J.
Has thanked: 13 times
Been thanked: 67 times
United States of America
E Showell

Re: Removing rear delta link end link bushing, jack up one side of the car?

Post by E Showell » Fri Dec 06, 2019 12:38 pm

I've melted them out with a plumbing torch a couple times now (combined with some judicious drilling and use of the proper delta link removal tool). The secret is to heat the trailing arm around the delta link and not put the heat directly on the rubber -- unless you like flaming gobs of goo dropping on your driveway/garage floor. Heat, i.e., melting them out, is a quite effective way of loosening them for removal
These users thanked the author E Showell for the post:
LOB
'98 V70 NA FWD 5 spd, silver sand metallic (sold)
'99 V70 NA FWD Auto, dark blue (actively for sale)
'99 S70 NA FWD Auto, black (sold and resurrected -- Don't cry for me Argentina . . . )
'07 S80 3.2 FWD Auto, Barents Blue Metallic
'06 V70 R AWD Auto, Sonic Blue Metallic
'04 XC70 Ruby Red Metallic
'95 855 auto (sold)
'86 245 manual (sold)

User avatar
abscate
MVS Moderator
Posts: 21023
Joined: Sun Feb 17, 2013 5:54 pm
Year and Model: 99T5 ,99S70,2005V70
Location: NYC, ALBANY NY
Has thanked: 315 times
Been thanked: 969 times
Trinidad & Tobago
abscate

Re: Removing rear delta link end link bushing, jack up one side of the car?

Post by abscate » Fri Dec 06, 2019 12:41 pm

Ive done two now

One just crumbled out like rubber flakes - totally shot delta linksl

The other was so bad I removed the entire rear suspension to get to all the pieces - but I had a lift for that one.

Ill be recovering and entire P80 rear suspension soon, off Clarke, the 1998 parts V70
Empty Nester
A Captain in a Sea of Estrogen
1999-V70-T5M56 2005-V70-M56 1999-S70 VW T4 BMW
Link to Maintenance record thread
Link To Volvo Glossary

Post Reply
  • Similar Topics
    Replies
    Views
    Last post