A Arm bushing tool
What is the proper tool to put new a-arm(control arm) bushings in place.?
This question is for a 79 camaro.
I have a press and stuf like that , but these arms are org. from heavy sheetmetal and i dont like to bent them while pressing.
Or just fill the gap with some wood/iron etc.
A frame bushing instalation
Propaneburner, there is a special tool made by OTC and Kent More that looks like a C clamp, that has one end that is U shaped (so you can remove it from the bushing). I use a 2X2 angle iron, the length between the A frame with a deep socket on top of the bushing as the driver with a hyd. press Make sure the A frame is clean, so the bushing will slide in easier. Hope this helps! Russ
you should be able to slide it over the press so your only pushing on on leg and the other side hangs below the press, i wouldn't buy the tool if you have a press
sockets make excellant bushing drivers!
Uppers or lowers?
Lowers: cut out the originals, get some 2 x 2 x 1/4 angle iron - make some precise fit spacers to go in between the two gaps. Note that due to stuff moving around and being old you might have 4 different lengths cut for the 4 lowers, but odds are you're right and left will be the same. Just make sure you have it snug enough so that it won't fold and then press it in.
Uppers - You can press the first in normally, then drop in the second, make a long spacer so you won't fold the control arm and go to town pressing that one too. I have also had one or two urethane bushings that I could press out of the housing with persuasion so I could press the uppers in normally, then drop in the urethane and use the cross bar as a press of sorts to draw in the urethane.
Just my opinion - I've read about doing uppers while they are still on the car using heat and a hammer, but I'm a little leary of putting heat into the control arms.
I have - a few times - used an air hammer with a blunt tip - to vibrate them in.
A bit of lubricant and they will usually go right in.
I use the same method to get them out -- sometimes need the chisel though.
(actually did an arm yesterday)
use a hack saw to cut the old bushing in-two pieces..be careful NOT to cut into the A-Arm. Use the c-clamp tool to push out the old pieces. Use the tool to install the new bushing after cleaning up the hole inside of the A-arm to make it slide in easier.
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