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Pontiac sunbird 1989

Is it hard to repare the control arms bushing do i need a special tool

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If you know how to remove the control arms just remove it and take them to an auto repair along with the new bushings and let them install it, that will save you money and head ache

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Hi gege01!

Yes, you DO need a special tool to properly install the bushings, but you might be able to improvise a bushing screw-press with some allthread, nuts, fat washers, and some appropriately sized pipe section or sockets, one wide enough to accept the bushing for engaging the control arm, the other small enough to fully engage the bushing head.
Lubricate the bushing with silicone grease, run the allthread (double nutted securely in place at the end) through (in this order) a large washer, the larger diameter pipe section, the control arm bushing mounting hole, the new bushing center hole, the smaller diameter pipe section, washers large enough to fully engage the smaller pipe section, and finally attach another nut to hold the whole thing together. Holding the double nutted end, tighten the other nut to slowly compress the new bushing into the control arm.
Some guys do it with sockets and big hammers, but they generally end up with damaged bushings and smashed fingers!
Hope this helps and good luck!

-WildBill

Posted on Jun 16, 2008

  • Bill Bellomy
    Bill Bellomy Jun 16, 2008

    By the way, removal works the same way - you just press the old one out of the control arm into the larger pipe section!



    -WB

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Fig. Fig. 1: Exploded view of the control arm-to-frame mounting

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