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Old 03-12-2005, 05:35 PM
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Control Arm bushing replacement

OK heres the deal, My 24 yr. old S-10 needs the front suspension bushings repleced. As I have never done this I'm going to need some help.

I have disassembled the front, burned the old bushings out of the lower control arms, (cause I don't have a press,and a hammer wouldn't do the trick).

Now for my problem. Do the new bushings need to be pressed in? Does anybody have another way of doing this? If the new ones do go in easily, do you have to tack weld the sleeve to control arm, or does it matter?


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Old 03-13-2005, 08:06 PM
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C'mon somebody has replaced control arm bushings.... Right... guys...GUYS

Just a shameless bump, I'm going to do this in the morning, kinda need some help.


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Use a press.......................Hammering them in may bend the arms, they aren't that solid.
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somone on here said that they put the bushings in the freezer for a day or 2 and they shrink enough to fit in easily.
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I used a hammer and a pipe the diameter of the bushing on 2, and the other side i used the help of a hydraulic jack, Redneck press
The jack worked better, but you run a good risk of bending stuff.

Bushings in the freezer sounds like a good idea Make em shrink.
Also seen someone mention in an old post to put vasaline on em.
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Use Vaseline or White Lithium Grease. I use the spray type of Lithium when I install new bushings in radius rods and torque arms at work. I also have a press though. I have never tried beating them in.
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You can get a large bolt and some washers.Put the bolt through the bushing,place the bushing in the control arm the way it is supposed to go.On the other side get a socket larger than the diameter of the bushing.Get more large washers and a nut.Then tighten the bolt and nut.It should press it in.
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I went out and bought an Astro Master Ball Joint service kit. And I've used it for ball joints, U-joints but more importantly control arm bushings. You still have to be careful though when pressing them in/out not to crush the arms. A small piece of wood cut in the proper size and wedged in around the bushing works nicely to keep things from crushing in.
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