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78 Monte Carlo rear axle bushings

Hello guys,

Mary Christmas and Happy New Year.

I have some questions regarding changing rear axle control arm bushings. I read Haynes and Chiltons manuals, that I have to work one control arm at a time.
I will change the bushings on arms ones they are down, but how do I change the bushings on on the axle when it is on car? (see the one shown on the illustration picture) Is there special method or tool?
Also, are all the bushings the same size? I look at online shop I order parts from (rockauto.com), and there is only one size rear bushings.

Thanks for the help,
Ivo
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I have used a ball joint press to do them. The big C-clamp looking type. If you don't need to reuse the sleeves, you can drive them out with a hammer.
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Hi 1ownerT,

Thanks for the help.

Are all rear control arm bushings the same size?

Regards,
Ivo
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Your car is considered by GM to be a G-body, as far as I have seen they are all the same size for the G-body line. Roughly 78-88 RWD Monte, Regal, Cutlass, Grand Prix, Malibu, Elcamino.
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If you need to reuse the sleeves and don't have any heavy duty tools like a ball joint press, you can use a 1/4"~5/16" drill bit to drill between the outer and inner sleeves, once you've removed enough rubber, you can pull the inner sleeve out, or knock it out with a punch.
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