4kq control arm bushings
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TooManyAudis at aol.com
Fri Sep 7 14:37:12 EDT 2007
In a message dated 9/7/2007 1:41:22 P.M. Eastern Daylight Time,
quattro-request at audifans.com writes:
If you have someone else press out the old, and in the new, MAKE SURE
you have the control arm properly supported. I've seen quite a few
over the years squeezed together by someone who wasn't that careful.
The proper way to do this is a pipe threugh the center of the CA while
pressing out. That way it doesn't bend inward.
Also, if you are planning on a rear sway bar at any time, and are
going to replace the CA's all the way around, buy two sets of fronts.
That way, you have the outer provisions for the bar, and just have to
fabricate supports for the center of the bar.
> At 03:35 PM 8/24/2007, Tom Love wrote:
> >Went to replace the control arm bushings on the '87 4kq and found
> >they were all welded in. Seems to be a factory job. Have any of you
> >come across this before?
I'd done the CA bushings on my 4k, 4ks and 80q with no problems by using a
ball joint press rather than the more awkward standup press. The process I
follow is this:
1) Place new bushings in Freezer (the theory is that this will reduce
overall diameter slightly and make installation easier).
2) Remove CA from car.
3) place in vise.
4) separate inner metal "sleeve" from rest of CA bushing.
5) hacksaw or sawzall bushing being very careful to keep from cutting the
control arm. This 1/8-in slice greatly reduces the pressure between the
bushing and the CA.
6) press out old bushing using a "ball joint press" that has been borrowed
from Autozone or Advance auto parts. (at this point, it's probably easier to
hold the ball joint press in the vise, rather than the CA.) An electric or
pneumatic impact wrench works well here. You may also need to cut or fold the
"lip" of the bushing to fit within the press cups. larger diameter sockets
work great for getting just the right size to press out the bushing.
7) Press in new Bushing.
8) Repeat until all bushings have been replaced.
I have to admit that I have even done the above while the CAs were still on
the car. it will work, but believe me, a vise makes live much easier.
All in all, if you can buy new CAs with the bushings pre installed, it's
worth the $25 or $30 difference per CA. Such Frivolity is rarely an option for
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