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Old 02-17-2010, 10:10 PM   #1
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Control Arm Busing Removal

Hi Guys,

I am trying to replace my control arm bushing without removing the control arm itself. Prying/Hammering it isn't working. Any ideas? Is there a puller that will work? Thanks for your help!

If I can't find an easier way I am going to use a drill, but if there's an easier way I'd appreciate some help...
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Old 02-18-2010, 08:48 AM   #2
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Heat just heat where the control arm slides onto just get it hot enoght and it will slide right off couple of twists. when u install clean where is slides on to lots of lube and mallet. only thing is u gotta press the bushings in orless u got after marker ones u don't have to
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Old 02-18-2010, 11:20 AM   #3
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Heat just heat where the control arm slides onto just get it hot enoght and it will slide right off couple of twists. when u install clean where is slides on to lots of lube and mallet. only thing is u gotta press the bushings in orless u got after marker ones u don't have to
I heard if you use grease to slide the new bushing in you'll get premature wear since it won't grab on to the control arm properly and keep sliding. I read somewhere to use dishwasher soap instead, since it will evaporate shortly after installing.
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Old 02-18-2010, 04:54 PM   #4
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yea not grease as it will swell the rubber to i used tire lube


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I heard if you use grease to slide the new bushing in you'll get premature wear since it won't grab on to the control arm properly and keep sliding. I read somewhere to use dishwasher soap instead, since it will evaporate shortly after installing.
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Old 02-18-2010, 10:12 AM   #5
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I'm assuming you've unbolted the lollipop and are trying to pull that off the control arm? Just put a puller on it and pull it off the control arm (using an impact wrench if you have one)

You can buy a whole range of them at princess auto. You probably only need a 2 jaw puller for this (the one you need is probably only $15-$20) but you can look at this as an excuse to buy one of the like 40pc all in one puller kits
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Old 02-18-2010, 11:20 AM   #6
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I'm assuming you've unbolted the lollipop and are trying to pull that off the control arm? Just put a puller on it and pull it off the control arm (using an impact wrench if you have one)

You can buy a whole range of them at princess auto. You probably only need a 2 jaw puller for this (the one you need is probably only $15-$20) but you can look at this as an excuse to buy one of the like 40pc all in one puller kits
currently on sale: http://www.princessauto.com/tools/au...440-puller-set
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Old 02-18-2010, 12:34 PM   #7
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There you go.

I think I might go buy that
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Old 02-18-2010, 11:11 AM   #8
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I used a torch and melted the rubber, be careful of the fumes. Then I used a sawzall to cut the metal ring out. Be careful not to cut into the actual lollipop tho.
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Old 02-19-2010, 01:30 PM   #9
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I used a torch and melted the rubber, be careful of the fumes. Then I used a sawzall to cut the metal ring out. Be careful not to cut into the actual lollipop tho.
+1 Thats how i removed mine....I went with poly bushings so all i needed to install em was a vise.
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Old 02-18-2010, 12:37 PM   #10
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just hacksaw, or sawzall the metal part of the bushing, just don't cut into the lollypop part.
Then whack it a few times and it's done.

I think it took me longer to get the new one over the control arm than it did to remove the old one.

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Old 02-18-2010, 01:52 PM   #11
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Hi Guys,

I am trying to replace my control arm bushing without removing the control arm itself. Prying/Hammering it isn't working. Any ideas? Is there a puller that will work? Thanks for your help!

If I can't find an easier way I am going to use a drill, but if there's an easier way I'd appreciate some help...
Brent, message Richie999 he's devised a system that works on the car. I can't remember now if it just pulls or installs. give him a pm.
otherwise, you'll most likely need to pull the arms and press them out/in. This is the correct way to do it.
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Old 02-18-2010, 04:01 PM   #12
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Great feedback, guys. I was already thinking about the pullers at P.A., I was on their website checking them out. I just wasn't sure if they'd work, but now I'll give them a shot!
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+1 on the dishwash soap install method.
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Old 02-19-2010, 03:14 PM   #14
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I just did this as well, but a press was used.

Use dish soap to slide the arm into the new bushing on the car.

I did mine with everything off.
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Old 02-19-2010, 09:07 PM   #15
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I'm just installing THR lollipops. No bushing FTW!
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