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Old 02-20-2012, 01:53:50 PM   #1
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How to remove upper and lower control arm bushings??

Alright, dont have a press, and im new to this area so I dont have any lines on a car shop to help out. Any ideas you have heard of or personally tried on removing upper and lower control arm bushings on a 79 camaro???? Ive looked around on here and I have tried to search for things but nothing ever comes up, and I am sure this is not the first time this topic has come up, but I cant find it. I have the regular assorted tools, vice, and all that jazz, and no cutting torch, and the floor is open.

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Old 02-20-2012, 02:19:50 PM   #2
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In my experience I have learned to take them to a machine shop, let them press the old bushings out and press the new ones in. I screwed up a upper control arm once trying to drive them out with a air hammer.
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Old 02-20-2012, 02:34:38 PM   #3
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Sounds like some good advice.... We have a auto craft center on Ft. Bragg, ill shoot by there tommarow and see if they have a press there that I can use. They usually have just about every tool you can think of, so I dont see why they wouldnt have one of those. You rent a bay and a lift for like 2 bucks an hour I think and you have free reign over everything and tool they have, they even have a paint booth you can use. So, looks like im going to have to give in.....
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Old 02-20-2012, 02:40:20 PM   #4
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I've done it with hammer and drive pin but it takes a lot of beating and the risk of damaging em is high. This is one of them times its best to use the proper tools.
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Old 02-20-2012, 04:26:37 PM   #5
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I agree with above, these are one of the jobs it's best to let the pros do it.
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Old 02-20-2012, 04:29:34 PM   #6
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Damn those pros!!!!!!!!!
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Old 02-20-2012, 04:33:06 PM   #7
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It doesn't take a pro so much as a little skill, knowledge and the proper tools.
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Old 02-20-2012, 04:37:32 PM   #8
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Years ago when I did that, I took my new bushing down to a shop that specializes in suspension work. 10 minutes later I had new bushing installed and the old ones in their trash bin. It was free of cost since I made an apt. to bring my car in to be aligned by them when I was done.
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Old 02-20-2012, 04:42:11 PM   #9
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machine shop is the way to go imho....pay the little coin and let them press in the new stuff too
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Old 02-20-2012, 04:48:41 PM   #10
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...What ever you decide ,make sure you take a measurement of the arms where the bushings are , distance between , etc, just in case they get tweaked after bushing replacement, so they will fit back in the slots on the frame , just my.02, DC
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Old 02-21-2012, 12:32:50 PM   #11
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For the cost of having a shop do it, you can likely get a simple press.

I got the 12T from HF for $99 (coupon) and have used it several times, already paid for itself.
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Old 02-21-2012, 12:37:40 PM   #12
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wow busdriver you said what i was thinking. i bought a 12 ton shop press with a coupon out the door $103
and i have used it since many times .
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Old 02-21-2012, 01:56:02 PM   #13
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...What ever you decide ,make sure you take a measurement of the arms where the bushings are , distance between , etc, just in case they get tweaked after bushing replacement, so they will fit back in the slots on the frame , just my.02, DC

+1 on that
I had a hard time getting my in - cause my lowers deformed a bit.

measure them pretty good.
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Old 02-21-2012, 02:59:53 PM   #14
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I'm not a pro,and I took off my upper bushings with a air hammer in 5 minutes.Then I took the lower arms to a buddy of mine with a press to finish the job
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Old 02-21-2012, 04:29:56 PM   #15
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Just did my uppers and lowers bout a month ago to replace them with polyurethane ones. Some came out easily with a ball joint press and some spacers along with having my dad box the control arms at his shop. The spacers were for keeping the control arms from collapsing while pressing them. The stubborn ones that did not want to come out easily I torched them according to the instructions for the new bushings using an oxyacetylene torch (or MAP Gas). Then air hammered the remaining shell right out. Kinda tedious and can be dangerous with this method, but fairly easy if you are safe and comfortable with a torch. Otherwise have them pressed out by a shop. I work at an auto repair shop and have all the tools readily available to me. If you don't, a machine shop is the way to go. Just be careful which ever route you take.
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