Replaced the rear shock absorber boots today. Thanks to Alexak's post with the you tube link, found it fairly straightforward.
This is the shock with the original boot and top mounting bracket. The 3 bolts securing the top bracket were easy to undo:
This is what the two boots looked like after 8 years and 50k miles. One of the boots had started to split:
Back in place with its new Sachs boot and rubber locating bung:
The you tube mechanic had the car in the air so could torque the bottom bolt quite easily once the wheel was back on.
I didn't think I'd be able to get under the car once the car was back on the ground, so I jacked up the suspension arm, then torqued up the lower bolt. Not sure if this has the same effect but seemed a reasonable alternative.
Just curious, would the split cover have led to an mot failure