DIY: Installing Master Bushing Kits
As car owners, we all hate that screeching metal against metal sound that we hear underneath our cars. One reason why we hear this sound is because the bushings in our cars' suspension are messed up. Once the bushings are worn out, they have to be replaced immediately. However, looking for individual bushings can take a lot of time and can be expensive. Fortunately, some car parts stores sell master bushing kits. From control arm to sway bar bushings, these kits have all the bushings you need.
Once you bought a master bushing kit, you're probably wondering how you can install all those bushings. This guide will teach you how you can install two of the most commonly repaired bushings-leaf spring and control arm. If you're an expert on installing car parts, it should take you an hour to finish the job. If, however, you're an amateur on car repairs, it might take you one hour and 30 minutes to finish the task.
Difficulty level: Moderate
What you'll need:
- Floor jack
- Jack stands
- Ratchet and socket set
- Lubricating oil
- Open-end wrench
- Hammer and punch
- Wire brush
Tip: Always park in a well-ventilated and level area when repairing or replacing a car part.
Replacing leaf spring bushings
Step 1: With your open-end wrench, undo the leaf spring bolt.
Step 2: Lift the frame of your car with a floor jack and support it with jack stands to ease tension from the leaf spring. Once the tension in the leaf spring is relieved, it can be removed.
Step 3: Remove the old bushings from the eyelets of the leaf spring with your hammer and punch.
Step 4: Before installing the new bushings, don't forget to grease them. Once they're greased, slide them in by hand or by the hammer and punch.
Step 5: Put the leaf spring back in place, and make sure that the bolts are holding it securely in place.
Replacing control arm bushings
Step 1: With your car still safely lifted from the ground, locate the control arms located at the axle and frame.
Step 2: To remove the bolts securing one of the control arms, use your ratchet and socket. Don't remove all the control arms at once to keep axle in place.
Step 3: Once the bolts are removed, lift the first control arm out of its bracket. Then, clean it with a wire brush.
Step 4: Lubricate the outside part of the new bushing. Then, with your vise, align it and the control arm side by side.
Step 5: Slowly rotate the vise until the bushing is securely set in the control arm.
Step 6: Put the control arm back by sliding it in the bracket. Don't forget to secure the bracket with the bolts.
Step 7: Do these steps again to replace the bushings in the other control arms. Once you're down, lower your car to the ground by removing the jack stands. You now have new leaf spring and control arm bushings!