Droplink Replacement Guide

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Droplink Replacement Guide

Post by FarmerPug » Mon Feb 20, 2012 9:42 pm

There was a very annoying clunky noise coming from the front of my car recently, it was the drop links, so this morning i stopped off at the motor factors and got a pair of QH drop links for £20.60.

Before replacing them the car sounded like this:


Tools Required to do the job:
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that lot did it, although if you have an impact wrench its much easier, a ratcheting spanner is probably quicker at putting it back on.

The first thing to do is remove the wheel which is held on with 4 19mm nuts:
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I jacked the car up with the lidl car jack which i don't trust so the jack from the boot is also being used as a backup, i couldn't use the jackstands since they are under the suzuki right now:
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Here is the drop link:
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Then spray WD40 onto the two nuts holding in the drop link:
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at this stage giving the nut a few blows with a hammer before loosening it makes it easier to remove it.

Put a 19mm socket onto the nuts and release them:
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They dont take long before they start spinning, in which case its best to get a pair of vice grips in the back and clamp the threaded bit while undoing the bolt:
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A bit of effort and they should come off, it helps to put more WD40 on while taking the nut off to keep it spinning easy, an impact wrench at this point would probably make it much easier, although i don't know if it would need the vice grip aswell.

Once the two bolts are undone, the drop link should come out, it might fall out or take some persuasion with a hammer, it doesn't really matter if it gets damaged because this part is for the bin, it seemed to be the drivers side one that had the problems, the seals were worn away:
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Now get the new drop links:
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these are QH part number QLS3256S, Equivilant 863084

Clean the holes the drop links go into with an old rag, then put it in, there doesn't seem to be a left or right, nor is there a top or bottom to the shape of the drop links thats one less thing to worry about, you can choose weather you want to put the bottom end in first or the top it makes no difference really, except the bottom one where it connects you can push it down a bit to help it fit, get it in anyhow and then tighten the nuts.
When tightening them they will spin the same as they did when going in, but i didn't want to use the vice grips that would damage the seal, conveniently there is a hole in the middle that accepts a hex bit or allen key, so i put a hex5 bit on the end of the 1/4 ratchet and tightened the bolts up with a spanner:
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a ratchet spanner would be really handy here, the 1/4 ratchet could have tightened it up but i didn't want to break it.

And thats the drop link in place:
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The passenger side is the same, although on my car it wasn't in bad condition:
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a new one went in anyhow, but here is how the hammer was used to help it fit:
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i just pryed down on the bottom arm and it moved to fit over the bolt, and here is the drop link on the other side fitted:
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After all that i took the car out on the same road and the drop link noise was gone:


Thats how to replace 406 drop links, i was fed up paying the mechanic £20 every time on top of the price of drop links.
As the 406 seems to have an appetite for them hopefully this guide will be helpful.
Any comments or possible ways to have done this differently would be good.
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Re: Droplink Replacement Guide

Post by jonsowman » Mon Feb 20, 2012 9:47 pm

Thank you! :)
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Re: Droplink Replacement Guide

Post by Gary406 » Mon Feb 20, 2012 10:21 pm

good guide frank. replace the WD40 with an angle grinder and they will come off easier :mrgreen:
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Re: Droplink Replacement Guide

Post by OdinEidolon » Tue Feb 21, 2012 9:21 am

right in the how to section.
How long does it take to do both of them?
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Re: Droplink Replacement Guide

Post by FarmerPug » Tue Feb 21, 2012 11:44 am

OdinEidolon wrote:right in the how to section.
How long does it take to do both of them?
It took 45mins and that included taking the pictures and nipping back home on the tractor to get the vice grips. Definatley not a big job.
An angle grinder or impact wrench would have made it much quicker, i don't have either though.

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Re: Droplink Replacement Guide

Post by lozz » Tue Feb 21, 2012 11:50 am

Excellent guide there frank,

thats how iget them off -with the Molegrips, Best way ithink,
ive cut them off in the past but, a disintergrating cutting disc in limited space is not good

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Post by FarmerPug » Tue Feb 21, 2012 1:59 pm

The mole grips seemed a handy way to get them off, although they are not the way if you are putting the drop link back on, although doing that wouldn't make sense.

Here is the whole thing in video format, the music is a bit weird but thats all there was in iMovie youtube doesn't like proper songs being used.:


I did some repair guides on youtube about the clio aswell, some people have used them on their phones while doing the repair which is a handy thing to do.
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Re: Droplink Replacement Guide

Post by FarmerPug » Tue Feb 21, 2012 11:48 pm

With the drop links in place would some silicone spray or paste be any good at keeping the rubber from perishing, i assume the rubber boot goes and then inside corrodes which causes the problem?

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Re: Droplink Replacement Guide

Post by scooby » Thu Feb 23, 2012 9:25 pm

this is a great topic as now even if the internals are good any splits in the rubber and its a mot failer
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Post by scotty73 » Thu Feb 23, 2012 9:54 pm

Brilliant, and thankyou i'll be using this howto next week if we have a fine day... i've had the passenger side gone for weeks but not been up to faffing with cars... i think the drivers sides gone now too glad i bought both.
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Re: Droplink Replacement Guide

Post by teamster1975 » Thu Feb 23, 2012 10:11 pm

Great write up FarmerP, copying to Knowledgebase!
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