The Correct Way of Removing an Axle Pivot Bushing
Improper removal of a faulty axle pivot bushing can make it a lot more difficult for you to install a replacement. So, it is important that you know the correct way of removing and installing an axle pivot bushing to prevent fatal accidents and serious injuries.
Difficulty level: Difficult
What you'll need:
- Needle wrench
- Ratchet strap
- Wheel chocks
- Standard grease (lubricant)
- Rubber gloves
- Protective mask
- Safety glasses
- Wire brush
- Four thrust washers
- Hex-head threaded rod
- Thrust bearing
- Cover plate
- Receiver tube
- Drive nut
Step 1: Keep your vehicle away from direct sunlight and park it in a secure working area. Do not forget to place wheel chocks in front and behind all your wheels. This will prevent your vehicle to roll that could cause some serious injury or accident.
Step 2: Wear your safety glasses, rubber gloves, and protective mask before performing this removal task. You need to bleed all air from the air suspension system before removing the axle pivot bushing.
Step 3: The next step you need to do is to place jacks under your trailing arm. Then carefully remove the adjustable pivot bolt, and then remove the shock absorber from the trailing arm.
Step 4: Lower the axle.
Step 5: Carefully assemble the removal tool prior to removing the axle pivot bushing. Place them in the specified order, starting from the two thrust washers followed by the thrust bearing. Place another two thrust washers then a cover plate next to them. Lastly, place the receiver tube. Make sure that the centering ring of the tube is facing the trailing arm receptacle.
Step 6: Look for the raised position locator on the axle pivot bushing for marking purposes. Mark the outside of the trailing arm receptacle using a white marker or any color that is highly visible. This mark will serve as a guide for the replacement bushing installation. Incorrectly installed axle pivot bushing can result in a fatal accident or serious injury due to reduced stability of the vehicle.
Step 7: Using a standard grease, lubricate both the thrust bearing and the threads on the rod.
Step 8: Carefully insert the correctly pre-assembled removal tool's threaded rod through the hole in the bushing. Make sure that the centering ring on the receiver tube fits the receptacle.
Step 9: Screw the nut onto the threaded rod until it reaches the end.
Step 10: Draw the axle pivot bushing and the drive nut towards the receiver tube by using a wrench on the hex head rod.
Step 11: Carefully take out the removal tool from the trailing arm.
Step 12: Push the axle pivot bushing carefully until it is forced into the receiver tube's widened section.
Step 13: To disassemble the removing tool, just simply reverse the wrench.
Step 14: Use a wire brush to clean all the foreign materials and the old axle pivot bushing left in the receptacle.
This process can take an hour or two. Make sure to remove the axle pivot bushing correctly and prepare the area for installing the new one. This process can be a bit complicated, especially when you are not so familiar with this DIY job. And for that matter, you might need a professional help.