[s-cars] Trailing Arm bushings

Steve Powers sbpowers at gmail.com
Wed Jun 28 19:21:11 EDT 2006

Sean -

> Are you are talking about the rear trapezoidal arm? Where it attaches to the
> rear cross member?
> If so, this would be very hard, if not impossible to do while on the car. The
> bushing is rubber, but has a metal sleeve around the perimeter which requires
> significant force from a hydraulic press to get this in / out. I just went
> through this and I struggled to re/re this on a hydraulic press.

what you describe is very much like the A-arm bushings on the 4Kq.
there are a couple of ways to do it - assuming you've got a bit of
moving about room. here's how we did it on the 4kq.

1) remove the inner bushing. I used LN (as in liquid nitrogen). get it
cold then whack it with a hammer. others report good results using a
hole saw. you only need to cut the inner bushing out along with the

2) remove the outer shell. score it well with a hacksaw blade then use
a cold chisel to remove it by folding it into the center.

3) install with heat/cold. put the bushing in the freezer for a few
hours. warm up the arm. install with mallet and wooden block. use
plenty of grease.

good luck!

Steve Powers

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