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Old 03-16-2003, 06:05 PM
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Post Help!!! Control arm bushings!

Can someone plez tell me how to remove and replace my upper and lower control arm bushings? I tried to remove the lower bushings but they will not budge. <img src="graemlins/boxing.gif" border="0" alt="[boxing]" />

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if you are real good you can use a large vise and a couple of sockets , but most of the time its easier to use a hydraulic press. machine shop time!
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Old 03-17-2003, 05:26 AM
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I got a cheap arbor press from Harbor Frieght for about 30-40 bucks and it's what I've always used. If they are stubborn carefully beat 'em out with a chisel- you're not gonna reuse them anyway- kill 'em!!
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I've changed quite a few sets over the years. I just finished changing out the rubber to polys in the wife's vette. A BFH, and an old socket has always worked for me, but a press sure makes it faster. I push the center piece out, seat the outer, then hand press the center over the shaft before re-installing, The outer part seats pretty easy by itself, the inner is an easy fit.
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Do I need to get the new ones pressed in as well? What about the upper control arms? Would it be easier to get them pressed out too? Thanks!!!
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Be carefull using a press. It could bend the control arm without you noticing it. I too used a BFH and after spending over several hours doing one side I decided to take the other side to a shop. They used an air chisel and popped them right out. They used a BFH to pound the new bushings in. It took them a hour and a half to do remove and replace the bushings and charged me $90. Now that I've seen it done, I'll do the '58 Wagon the easier way.
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