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Malibu 2002 - Control Arm bushing replacement

I would like to know if the replacement of the front control arm bushings on a Malibu 2002, is something that can be easily done without going to the dealer.
I am doing most of my mechanic work but I don't know what challenge will pose the installation of the new bushings i.e. press-fitting them in place..??

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  • michael57 Sep 23, 2008

    yes, I was thinking about aftermarket...a quick search on Google yields various sites that sells the bushings alone.

    On my Malibu, looks like only the vertical bushings are gone....horizontal looks OK. and the control arm don't seem to hard to remove....any idea on the trouble I'll get into?

    Thanks!

  • Anonymous Mar 16, 2014

    without removing lower control arm

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I did the work last weekend.
Bought the vertical bushings (aftermarket): they look like a hockey puck, and was able to replace the old ones...
Before doing the job, I spoke with someone that works in a GM Dealership and he had told me that the GM mechanics at his use a hammer to drive the new bushings in place...no need for a press....
Sure enough, once the old bushings were removed, I was able to put the new ones in place without much trouble by driving them in place with a hammer...
And as Tripleauto said, it was a kinda tricky to put the control arm back in place, because the rear vertical bushing was hard to reinsert back in it's slot, ...
One advice though.....take the brake disk out before putting the control arm back in place...it's gonna give you a bit more room ...

Posted on Oct 18, 2008

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These arent available have to replace control arm assembly. unless u can get aftermarket

Posted on Sep 22, 2008

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    TripleTauto Sep 23, 2008

    AS far as removing the control arm it is pretty simple a little aggravating getting the rear bushing back in the slot have to tap it in with a chisel sometimes as it will want to ****.I have never put just the bushing in it will be pressed in with a metal sleeve.

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