yubh8tn
(Member)
08/25/20 03:48 PM
pressing out poly bushings without damage

Hey guys, I installed all my poly bushings, but it turns out one of my control arms is bent around where the balljoint goes and I can't get the new bj installed. I bought a new control arm but removing the bushing from the bent one without damaging it(the bushing) seems to be nearly impossible. I don't want to have to buy a new single bushing (if i even can). What can I do?

iceman69510
(Turn Right Racing)
08/26/20 07:18 AM
Re: pressing out poly bushings without damage

Do the poly bushings you put in have lips a both ends and the center metal sleeve? Can you remove the metal sleeve first separately first (press it out)? This might give you enough movement to safely press the poly back out.

JNR
(5 star (English Professor) member Has extensive pop up picture book collection)
08/26/20 10:53 AM
Re: pressing out poly bushings without damage

If you turn a compressed air can upside down and spray, it comes out extremely cold. Do this liberally onto the poly bushingand this should make it contract enough to help come out easier.

Doing this in conjunction with heating the metal first (to expand) will further help this cause.


mooserageGalant VR4.org Administrator
(New Title)
08/26/20 10:57 AM
Re: pressing out poly bushings without damage

Which bushing on the control arm is it? I think the caster bushing (the big one) is a push on. I successfully removed a good one of these from a damaged arm using a gear puller and a lot of patience. If it is the other bushing (smaller, 3 piece), that is pressed in; gently push out the sleeve towards the smaller "cap end" bushing end. This should push out the smaller bushing end, otherwise remove it once the sleeve is out. Then gently push the remaining large part of the bushing the other way. Any extra grease you can get in there will help to reduce friction of course.

yubh8tn
(Member)
08/28/20 09:28 AM
Re: pressing out poly bushings without damage

Thanks everybody, I got it out!

mooserageGalant VR4.org Administrator
(New Title)
08/29/20 01:55 PM
Re: pressing out poly bushings without damage

Great to hear, what ended up working? Might help somebody else down the road.

yubh8tn
(Member)
08/30/20 06:44 PM
Re: pressing out poly bushings without damage

I did what you said, pressed out the metal sleeve first and then pressed out the poly outside. I rented this kit from advance auto to do it. I chose this kit because of how small the clamp was. I took off the little cylinder piece that goes on the end of the screw and just used the screw to press it out. Then I did the same thing with a 19mm?? socket that went directly onto the poly part of the pushing and pressed it the rest of the way.


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