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Old 08-31-2013, 11:30 AM   #1
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Front Control Arm Bushings

I ordered a new set of front control arm bushings for the Touring on Monday. They arrived in the big brown truck on Thursday afternoon. I put them in this morning. Only took an hour and a half from start to finish, and I'm nearly 70 years young. First time for them on the Touring. Miles are low, but they were completely shot. Car feels much tighter. I used OEM bushings, since the car is lightly driven. Don't be afraid to try this one. I used a 3 jaw puller to force the old bushings off the control arm. Lots of Dawn Dishwashing Detergent to ease the new ones on. Give it a try.
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Old 08-31-2013, 12:09 PM   #2
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I'm planning to get new entire control arms next time. I'm at 130K, what do you think? I think the ball joints are tired too by now.


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Old 08-31-2013, 12:41 PM   #3
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Personally I would compare the price of the parts (CAB & ball joints) against replacing the entire unit. My car has just a tick over 70 thousand miles and the bushings were shot but the ball joints measure at factory specs using a dial indicator and floor jack. I think that the rubber deteriorates over time as much as the miles cause.


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Old 08-31-2013, 01:04 PM   #4
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Like the OP the fcabs go, it's not a matter of if, but when. Rubber will break down over time. The ball joints on the other hand are much more dependent on driving style, how bad the roads are and to a lesser extent, the aggressiveness of your wheels and suspension set up. I replaced both right around 70k miles as well, and the ball joints were still tight. At 130k, I'd do both , if for nothing other than piece of mind.


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Old 08-31-2013, 09:42 PM   #5
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I usually use a small puller if you can get in there. When you remove the lollipop from the frame you don't have much room to use a puller. I usually just spray it with wd or pb and use a rubber mallet to get them off. Now I had a hell of a time getting old bushings out of the lollipop. Since I didnt have the removal tool I used a fine chisel to get them out. To get the new ones in the lollipop I just used a wooden board and hammer on a vise. I used laundry detergent and a rubber mallet to get them on. Dish soup didn't work. Did you buy the lollipop with the bushing prepressed in? Sounds like you did because if you just order the bushing its a lot harder to do.
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Old 08-31-2013, 11:48 PM   #6
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Not many people get into the trouble of pressing out/in bushings into the lollipops. Especially since the pair of Lemforder cabs in carriers can be had for under $100


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Old 09-01-2013, 06:35 AM   #7
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I bought the bushings with the lollipop pre assembled. The 3 jaw puller took them right off the control arm. Dawn dish washing detergent allowed them to pop right on with a rubber mallet. I do have a lift in my shop that makes this easier for me. At my age I don't crawl under the car.


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Old 09-01-2013, 09:00 AM   #8
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I just swapped my fcab's in favor of poly fcab's... It was an absolute nightmare getting the old ones off! Which is weird bcuz I have receipts that show they were just changed last year by the PO. But, the ones that came off were cheap POS bushings and the rubber fused to the control arm. I've changed fcab's on BMWs about 50 times when I was a mechanic, and my car was by far the worst I've done.


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