Here is a quick tip I have used to assist in replacing the anti roll bar links on the Mercedes Sprinter 2000-2006 model year T1N. Often due to corrosion of the smooth surface that used to be the painted ends of the anti-roll bar (sway bar) and the wishbone attachment makes for difficult removal and refitting of the drop link arm bushes.
Removal of the old bushes is quite simple, (due to wear they often nearly drop off anyway) WD40 spray or washing up liquid and a lever will assist ! Refitting the drop link is, as maybe you will know, a little more problematic. Whether you have re-bushed your original drop links or purchased complete replacements the same scenario applies.
Remove the triangular plate that covers the end of the leaf spring 3x 16mm bolts. Take the plate with the integral lower mounting bar from the vehicle and use a vice or large clamp to press the bush onto the mounting stake. Use some spray lube as above to assist fitting. Refit the leaf spring cover plate to the lower wishbone and remove any loose rust scale from the roll bar end. Offer up the unattached drop link arm bush to the end of the roll bar (use a little lubricant on the rubber again) Take a 22mm 1/2 drive socket and place it over the end of the drop link bush/arm to be pushed onto the roll bar. Have an assistant turn the van steering wheel slowly either left or right lock dependant which side you are working. Position and trap the socket between the back of the hub assembly and drop link bush as the lock is applied. Continue to turn the steering wheel to further push the socket and as a result press the bush with minimum effort onto the end of the roll bar. Job done…!
Obviously a little care has to be taken to avoid trapping your fingers to complete the above but if you have ever had to change this component on either a Mercedes or other similar vehicle you will recollect mauling away under the vehicle, usually collecting resultant bruises – muttering the often heard phrase: ‘How the hell do they get these bl@@dy things on here in the first place…’ 🙂 Even with vigorous cleaning, sanding and filing it is rare to be able to clean up the mating parts of the roll bar end and wishbone mounting to such an extent to allow you ‘just push the new bushes on’ by hand, so this tip works really well.