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Lower Control Arm Bushing replacement

How hard is it to change the lower control arm bushing on a 1998 Buick Century? I printed out the detailed dealer directions from the public library and it says I need to remove the whole lower control arm. Is this really necessary or can I just lower the control arm enough to get the new bushing in place?

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  • egfrick Feb 10, 2009

    If there is a short cut to the directions from the dealer repair manual, I'm all for hearing about it.

  • egfrick Feb 10, 2009

    Thank you for helping. I certainly didn't want to take the whole arm off. I do know an alignment will be necessary. Thanks again.

  • yadayada
    yadayada May 11, 2010

    there are always ways around what the manual tells u to do, I have your exact car and I looked and it seems like the bushing can be replaced with out pulling the arm, that is for u to figure out. remember u will need an align after u repair this

  • yadayada
    yadayada May 11, 2010

    whatever works is the rule, smart tech's find short cuts.

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Hi,
I just did this job on my 98 regal, and I own the service manuals also. The lower control arm bushing that usually goes, is the front one. The rear one doesn't usually go, it is horizontally mounted. The front one for some reason is vertical. The control arm must be removed, and put in a vise. The front bushings outer metal sleeve, must be driven out with a chisel. It comes out easily. The new bushing can be tapped in with a hammer. Hope this helps!
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I remove bushing bolts, strut bolts link, sensor plug & swivel arm 90 degrees. Then use harbor freight. Portable bench press &appropriate. Drift. No need 2 remove arm. My question. Is placement. (Ie. One up, one down? Flats front2bak-side 2 side & do they make H.P. ones so i dont hve 2 replace them every 6 mo.

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  • Joe bokor Jun 24, 2015

    I forgot 2 mention 2. Unclip the sensor wire loom from the clips & get the wire outta the way, the inner part of arm may need coaxing outta the bolting mounts with large screwdriver before u pivot . Finally the drift i mentioned i made from an oxygen bottle cap. I cut the top off. Then cut bottom2length. (With wafer wheel) finally i ground a valley in bottom 2 match contour on arm.

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