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Control arm bushings on 2500 suburban

Can I replace the control arm bushings, upper and lower, on my 96 suburban myself? Do the bushings have to be pressed in by a machine shop or are they something I can do myself? I can take the control arms off... but I dont know if i can do the bushings or not.

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Yes. The old ones will need to be pressed out and the new ones pressed in.

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I've done it myself with no problems. First, there are two different types of lower bushings used - the traditional rubber in metal shell and rubber only. I had the latter on my 99 K3500 (old body style) and the auto parts stores failed three times to get the right one. I went to the Chevy dealer and even THEY got it wrong the first time...

The all rubber ones come out easily and pop right in with some silicone lube on the outside. The metal shell bushings can be removed by cutting or burning the rubber out. I've used a propane torch (it's a smelly, smokey mess) but others have had success by drilling the rubber or using a roto-zip. Once the rubber is out, use a hammer and chisel to dent the steel shell, allowing it to come out easily.
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I have energy suspension bushings for it and it says I have to reuse my original metal shells.
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Got the drivers side all apart except for separating the balljoints. I took the entire thing apart as one piece.

Put a jack under the lower control arm, removed the shock and loosened the upper control arm. Then let the jack down to remove spring tension. Once the spring was loose i took it out, and removed the lower control arm. Now all i have to do is go buy the ball joint separator to separate the spindle from the control arms. Then i am going to pressure wash the control arms since they are so nasty and then i'll have the new bushings pressed in. Gonna go back together with new ball joints and shocks.
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If you have a auto parts store that has a tool loaner program, get their ball joint press (c-clamp looking type) and use it to press out the bushings and to install the new ones.
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As others have said the bushings can be removed without a press. I have done this in the past but after finding out how fast and easy it is with a press, I would never go back to cutting and chiseling them out. Take them to any local repair shop with your new bushings and for a about 20 bucks they will press them in for you. Good luck with your project.
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