How to Fix Your Control Arm Bushing with Your Control Arm Bushing Service Kit
When there's something wrong with your control arm bushing, you will notice symptoms like loose steering, uneven tire wear, and poor handling of your vehicle. If these symptoms get really bad, then replacement might be in order (although you should always consult your mechanic on a diagnosis before going through with parts replacement since it's the prudent thing to do).
Difficulty Level: Moderate
What You'll Need
- Control arm bushing service kit
- Lubricating oil
- Wire brush
- Hole saw kit
- Power drill
- Ratchet and socket set
- Paint (recommended)
Step 1:First off, you need to remove the control arm bushing from your car. This involves locating the vehicle's control arms that are connected to the axle and frame. They're bolted down and there's two upper and two lower control arms.
Step 2:Take off the bolts then secure a control arm bushing with your ratchet. This is to keep the axle in position. Remember to remove only one control arm at any given time to keep your axle from moving out of position.
Step 3:Take away the control arm from your car by lifting it out of its brackets on your axle and the frame. Remove all the bushings you feel are compromised or damaged (one, a couple, or perhaps all) so that you can replace them later.
Step 4:From there, start drilling a 1½-inch hole in the bushing's center with your hole saw and power drill. Penetrate all the way through the bushing to ensure of a good job. Make your hole as clean and debris-free as possible.
Step 5:Take off the remaining bushing parts with your pliers. Clean up your control arm hole with a wire brush. If the control arm is scratched or rusted, you can save it by painting it with aerosol paint then letting it dry for 2-3 hours.
Step 6:Now is the time for you to install your control arm bushing with your requisite control arm bushing service kit. Place a small amount of lube oil on the outside of your new bushing from your bushing kit.
Step 7:Line up the control arm and the bushing in a side-by-side manner with a requisite vise. Rotate the handle of your vise then slowly insert your new bushing into the control arm for good measure.
Step 8:Continue tightening your vise until the bushing is fully inserted into your control arm. Repeat the steps for bushing installation as needed when it comes to putting back any other bushings you want replaced.
Step 9:Reinstall your control arm in the right position by sliding it unto the brackets. Put in the bolts into the bracket to bolt the component tight.Tighten them with your socket and ratchet with the right torque amount.
Step 10:Repeat the previous step on all the other remaining control arms and their new control arm bushings. Afterwards, do a little test drive to see if the replaced bushings are working correctly or not. You should have a smoother riding experience if successful.
Vehicle axles usually have four control arms located on the upper and lower portions of the axle (two upper ones and two lower ones). Every control arm, in turn, has bushings that deteriorate over time, requiring replacement. If you wish to replace the busted bushings, your best bet is to get OE-standard, extra-sturdy, and CAD-engineered aftermarket bushings that serve as duplicates of your worn-down original bushings.