How do you change them? I have a 95 chevy tahoe with the passenger side upper a arm bushings going out in the middle, it has been aligned before so i don't think it needs tapped out but what is the process to change them? and can i do this or is it some thing i will have to let a mechanic do?
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Actually you need to have some experience and some air tools like air hammer and a big bench vise you better take it to a mechanic, or if you want to save some money lift the truck from the lower control arm with a floor jack do not remove jack until you remove and reinstall the upper control arm because the coil or spring fro suspension has lots of pressure and might pop uot and it is very dangerous, then one's you have it out take the bushings and the control arms to a shop and let them do it the go back and reinstall it. that will save you money and headaches
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What noise? And year and make of car? A clicking noise on turns is a worn CV joint on the axle shafts. A grinding noise at one of the wheels could be a wheel bearing. Worn brake pads may cause squealing, screeching other high pitched noise.
If you are replaceing both sides (drivers & passangers (recomended)) you will need 4 bushes in total 2 front susp rear & 2 front susp front. There is 2 bushes both sides (front of front & rear of front) The lower control arms go from the chassis to the lower ball joints (just behind tyres at bottom) will be a big job!
I'd suggest getting of a Haynes or Chilton's manual at your public library. You have to take the control arm off, which the book says is about 1.9 hours for an upper on one side, or 3.5 both sides, for a professional mechanic, so you might want to double that time if you are not a pro. This includes removing the control arms and doing the bushings. You'll need a tool to Disconnect the ball joint and you'll also need an alignment. Installing the new bushings don't seem to require a tool. Parts seem to be about $25 per side + alignment of course.
you need to do what i call a dry check i do before performing an alignment have someone sit in truck and shift steering wheel from side to side lightly while you look at steering components check for loose pitman arm,drag link if used inner tie rods outer tie rods or excessive play in steering box then jack up each front wheel and check upper and lower ball joints
Do not disassemble the upper arm. If the ball joint or bushings are faulty, or the upper arm is damaged, the entire upper arm must be replaced.
Raise and support the vehicle safely.
Remove the front wheels. Support the lower control arm assembly with a floor jack.
Separate the upper ball joint from the steering knuckle using a ball joint separator tool.
Remove the self-locking nuts from the upper arm anchor bolts. Remove the upper arm from the vehicle.
Do not disassemble the upper arm. If the ball joint or bushings are faulty, or the upper arm is damaged, the entire upper arm must be replaced. To install: Use new self-locking nuts when installing the upper arm and strut.
Install the upper control arm assembly into the strut tower.
Connect the upper ball joint.
Install the front wheels and lower the vehicle.
With all four of the vehicle's wheels on the ground, torque the upper control arm nuts to 47 ft. lbs. (65 Nm). Torque the castle nut to 32 ft. lbs. (44 Nm); then, only tighten it enough to install a new cotter pin.
Tighten the wheel nuts to 80 ft. lbs. (110 Nm).
Check and adjust the vehicle's front end alignment.
The bushings on the front lower control arms are replaceable on most models. This procedure requires the use of a press and may be above the skill range of the average driveway enthusiast. It is recommended that this procedure be done by a qualified machine shop if you are not skilled in the proper use of a press.
Remove the lower control arm that is in need of new bushings.
It is recommended that both the left and right lower control arm bushings be replaced at the same time. The vehicles handling may become unstable if there are new bushings on one side of the car and worn ones on the other.
Set up the control arm in a press.
Using a impact socket of the correct length and size, press out the old bushing.
Install the new bushing by slowly using the press to push it into the control arm.
WARNINGExcessive force could cause the bushing to bend or tear so be careful.
Once the bushing is properly seated in the control arm, remove the arm from the press and install it on the vehicle.