How to replace front upper control arm bushings
 

By

Nick Bogdanos

Tools:

Sockets needed: 17mm, 19mm, 26mm

Some type of press or 2 arm gear puller

Needle nose pliers

Metal hacksaw

Wire brush on a table grinder or sand paper

Knife and or blow torch

Vise

Step 1

Remove 17mm nut holding on ball joint.  There is a pin you have to remove first then you can take off the nut.

Step 2

You have to take out the shocks to get to the control arm bolts.  This is actually very simple.  First remove the three nuts holding the shock to the car in the engine bay.  Then remove the bolt at the bottom of the shock, itís under 121 foot-pounds of torque, so this wonít be easy.  Nuts in engine bay are 12mm, and bolt for strut rod is 19mm.

Removing the shock itself is quite easy after you have all 4 bolt/nuts removed, you just have you play with it so it can come out, donít worry youíll get it.

 Step 3

Remove both bolts holding on the rest of the control arm.


After you remove the two bolts use something to tie that rod to the shock so it doesnít pull on that line going to your hub.

Step 3

You have to remove the bolt/ball join so you can take off the control arm completely.  On the left side I hit it with a hammer and it came out with much difficulty.  Or you could use the 2 jaw pulley and push it out, when I did it this way it made a HUGE pop and scared me half to death when I came out.

 

Step 4 

Take off the dust boots on each bearing, there are 2 on each.  Put the control arm in a vise and take that 26 mm socket and stick it like I have in the picture


In the picture here I used washers, but be warned these are NOT strong enough and the pushing arm went through them and grinded them to complete and utter distortion.  So when you do this get a thick piece of metal and use that.

Now just push out the bearing, it will be hard but very possible.  If you need more leverage on your wrench use a bar and stick the handle of the wrench in it to make the handle a lot longer.

As you get to the end it seems impossible to press it out, so youíre going to have to start cutting the rubber that is exposed and if that doesnít work take a torch and just torch it.

 

Step 5

The bearing will have rubber on it obviously and you will have to take it ALL off

Make it look like these 

Step 6

Youíre going to have to cut out the rest of the bushing still in the control arm (it is a metal ring).  Take a sawzaw or a metal saw and do like soÖ

Cut the ring just enough so it can free the pressure and you can just tap out the bushing.

Step 7

Now you have to put in the new bushing.  The KEY to this part is make sure you put it in just as far as the old one.  Make sure the gap is the same for both.

Step 8

You have to now press in the old bearing into this bushing.  The only thing you have to worry about is that the bushing doesnít get pressed in while you press in the bearing.  After you get the bearing in about ľĒ then you donít have to worry about the bushing getting pressed in any more because the pressure the bushing now has against the inner walls is just far too great to overcome.  A good way to keep the gap when youíre first pressing in the bearing is to put washers in the gap.  If you do this make sure you have them in at least 3 parts around the bushing so the pressure is even.  I put some grease on the bearing to make pressing it into the bushing a bit easier.


After you get all this done you have to put back on the dust boots.  However only one boot will fit, you have to cut the other oneís outmost ring off so it will fit inside the bushing.

I took this opportunity to repaint the control arm thatís why mine looks so shiny.

Just another view

Step 9

Now its time to test it all and make sure it fits, if it doesnít make note of which bearing and/or bushing has to go in/out and the distances, donít worry this doesnít take long.  You have to torque the bolts when putting them all in.  The two control arm bolts take 121 ft-lbs, the ball joint nut takes 80 ft-lbs, and the bolt for the shock takes 136.  The upper part of the shock doesnít really matter; just make it very snug on there and your set.

DONE!

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