which shop press for DIY stuff? (bearings/bushings/etc.)
human747 at attbi.com
Mon Aug 12 01:29:47 EDT 2002
> *sigh* I've been working on the '86 Coupe GT this weekend. I got three of the four control arm bushings
> out and two pressed back in with my "HuwPress", when the (type 85 compressor mounting) bolt snapped.
> grrr! What a pita! I also crushed a 2" cap due to too small of a washer and probably catching the 3/4"
> coupler on the control arm. The first three removals and two installs went okay. It was nice to be able to
> do that at home. It's time consuming and tiring tho'.
that device seems to have a slightly limited lifespan. My first one
went for about 10-12 bushings before someone broke *something* on it.
It is also hard on worn out, rusty control arms.
> I think I want to buy a shop press, probably from Harbor Freight. I'd like to hear some opinions on what
> press I should go for.
Clueless there, but the main advantage, as I see it, to my clumsy tool
is that you can use it under the car, which is less work, sort of.
Although I applaud your desire for an appropriate, versatile "real"
tool, you could get another one of those long bolts from a dealer for a
few dollars, if that is an easy option. Or at a junkyard, I guess,
though they can tough to extract.
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