I am going to replace the front control arm bushings (upper and Lower) on my 98 ZJ. The bushings I have are the Clevite (I think) and are complete withe the outer metal skin.
Obviously, these are pressed int to control arms. So, has anyone replaced these using a method that does not involve a shop press? I can see that one way to remove the old bushings is to cut, or burn, the rubber out and then crimp the old sleeve to slide it out. But what are other methods of installing the new ones with that already have thier outer skin on?
On the upper control arm bushings that are on the axel, how are these removed completely and reinstalled? Can a tool be rented to to do this??what would work??
I burn them to get out the center sleeve, then use a sawsall to cut the outer tin shell, then they fall out. Still time consuming.
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You can rent a Ball Joint Press from a Autozone or other auto parts store. It is really just a huge C clamp with various adapter rings, and by using those rings and some other Large sockets and peices of scrap metal that you might have laying around you can use it to press the old joints out and press the old ones in. Just be careful not to crush the two sides of the control arm together as you are pressin the new ones in.
This is what I did to replace my bushings that had 190,000 mi on them and I think it was much easier than burning and cutting them out.
And , if your really stuck for tools , no clamps , no press , a simple carpenters hammer will also do the job quite easily . I replaced 14 out of the 16 bushings like that excluding the frt axle bushings when I had stock arms , works well and fast too , probably not the best way though , the press is better
Don't burn them out. It's ghetto and takes way too long.
Use an air chisel. Put a pointed tip on it and puncture the bushing sleeve.
Then push the bushing out w/ the chisel hammering away. I just did mine yesterday and I popped the UCA bushings in the front axle out in like 30 seconds this way.
Press them in w/ a ball joint press - free rental from Autozone.
I forgot, I did use an air chisel to help knock out the drivers side UCA. And a 2-3 lb hammer and a large socket to R and R the bushings in the arms. I used the ball joint press mainly on the bushings on the axle mounts since there was not much room to work.