Leaf Spring Bushing: How to Install One in Six Steps
Your vehicle's leaf spring bushing is a very important part. Without this rubber bushing, you will have an uncomfortable driving experience due to excessive vibrations in the chassis and axle. What's more, once this part becomes corroded, you will encounter steering difficulties. If you want to replace the leaf spring bushing, check this guide for the steps and tools that you will need to accomplish this task.
Required skill level: Intermediate
Needed tools and materials:
Preparing the vehicle
Using the floor jack, lift your vehicle. Don't forget to secure it by placing jack stands under its frame and axle.
Accessing the old leaf spring bushing
Depending on your vehicle's make and model, you may need to use a metric or SAE wrench set to remove the bolts that are holding the leaf spring and hanger together. Once the bolts have been removed, lower the jack so that the spring eyes and old leaf spring bushing can be accessed.
Removing the bushing
With the help of the hammer, loosen the worn bushing from the spring eyes. However, if the bushing is stuck, you can use the torch to free it.
Cleaning the spring eyes
After removing the old leaf spring bushing, use the die grinder to clean the rust and other kinds of debris from the spring eyes. Then, lubricate the eyes by applying some grease. Doing this will make it easier for you to install the new bushing.
Installing the replacement leaf spring bushing
Once the spring eyes have been properly lubricated, put the new bushing in place. Make sure that it is driven all the way into the spring. Then, lift the rear axle to center the spring eyes. Don't forget to line the bolt holes of the bushing and the hanger.
Finishing the installation
Lubricate the bolt that you removed earlier. Afterwards, move it through the bushing and hanger. You can also apply some anti-seize compound to protect the bolt threads. Then, using the torque wrench, tighten the retaining bolts and nuts according to the specifications of your vehicle's manufacturer.