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Re: 4000SQ: Control arm bushings
Another way to get these out is to find a socket the same size as the
outer casing of the bushing. Set the control arm up in a vise and tap
the bushing out with the socket and a hammer.
Of course the best thing to do is find someone with a press. Even then,
the socket thing is handy. I replaced my front bushings on my VW Quantum
- no big deal.
Mike is right - you will be able to see if the bushing is bad when you
"wiggle" the control arm. If they're real bad, you'll hear a clunk when
you start accelerating or braking.
I don't know if I'd start cutting things with a hack saw - it's not
really that hard to tap them out.
Jeremy R. King
Audi at Heart
On Thu, 26 Oct 1995, Michael J. Oehler wrote:
> > From: Lynn Smith <email@example.com>
> > Anyone care to enlighten me as to the symptons of bad control arm
> Mike's simple test: place the car on stands, move the wheel in & out,
> and see if the arm moves.
> Advanced test: separate the arm from the ball joint and remove the
> two bolts that hold the arm to the body. If the metal pipe in the center
> of the bushing falls out, it is bad.
> Here is how I replaced the bushing:
> - The bushing is two metal pipes with rubber in the center.
> - It is pressed into the control arm.
> - Shade tree mechanics (like myself) cannot press the bushing out.
> - Place a hack saw through the bushing (most of the innards will be gone)
> - Cut through the outter pipe of the bushing only
> -> DANGER WILL ROBINSON <-
> - Do not cut the control arm itself! You can easily make this mistake.
> Do not cut too far!
> - Use a vise-grip and fold the cut bushing. This releases the pressure
> that holds it into the control arm and it'll drop right out.
> - Use a mallet to insert the new bushing making sure the curved top
> goes in the same direction.
> I replaced all 4 up front, in an evening.
> Hope this helps and of course, your mileage may vary.