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Old 11-20-2011, 12:53 PM
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71 skylark front passenger control arm bushings installation

I would like to know the difficulty of replacing the bushings from the control arm on a 71 skylark. will i need any special tools? steps would be appreciated if difficult. thanks!

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The uppers are pretty easy, the lowers facilitate the need to remove the lower control arm.That means you will need to compress the coil spring and decompress it.
You can install them with a BFH and a junky socket that fits the metal shell of the bushing.
I just replaced mine this summer on the blue car here in the photo,I used a piece of 5/8 allthread for the spring compressor. I put it through the spot where the shock absorber lives (after removing the shock)and cranked the nuts down, once the tension was off, I removed the bolts and the arm.
After replacing, be sure to leave the through bolts loose ,like backed off one turn before they tighten,as when you tighten them you want to have the car setting on the tires so the bushings are positioned properly before tightening them down.Doing this ensures proper ride height, but more importantly,it keeps them loaded correctly when on the ground. Not doing this will twist the bushing when you do set it down,throwing off the ride height and twisting the bushing abnormally far, resulting in failure of said bushing.
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Old 11-22-2011, 12:24 PM
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the uppers are the only ones eaten up on my car. do i need to disassemble the control arm? when i bought the bushings they gave me 2 of em. i believe one for the bottom and one for the top. for the uppers do i still need to compress the spring. i just dont wanna spend the whole day on bushings. thanks alot!
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You will need to pull the upper arm OFF of the car.It takes 2 bushings.
You should put a jackstand under the lower control arm and rest the weight of the car on it. Then seperate the arm from the car and install your goodies.
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