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Jul 10, 2011, 10:01 AM

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i need to replace my upper control arm bushings on my 1993 Dodge Dakota Sport 2wd 5sp seems the "crossbolt" for lack of correct terminology will pose a problem.anyone have any experience with this?..i would also welcome any tricks to pushing out the bushings myself, but i think i will end up having to take to to a shop to get this done

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Jul 10, 2011, 10:24 AM

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You should be able to get a whole new upper control arm. Tension from suspension must be off that wheel - remove shock at top while hoisted should do it if memory serves me. Air tools really help and if unsure about any of this just get it done as it can be unsafe if spring tension is still there and not watch out what you are doing or letting whole rest of it fall/lean over and stress the brake flex hose.

It would need an alignment after or highly suggested and most would do that right there. Possibly while you wait.

Control arm needs to be in same position if barbed ends of just a bushing are involved.

Unless well equipped this isn't the best DIY job IMO. Yes just a bushing can be done but if a new one from age and rust won't let it stick well when put in the whole arm is the way to go,


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Jul 10, 2011, 10:38 AM

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You mean the control arm shaft? Once you get the control arm off the vehicle, remove the nuts on the shaft. Best way I have found to get the bushings out is to use an air hammer. Once you get one bushing out, you can slide the control arm shaft out and pop the other bushing out. A ball joint tool works well for popping in one of the bushings. Then you slide the shaft back in and press the other bushing into place. I usually use anti-seize on the bushings and control arm bore to aid in getting them in easier. If you have never done this before, you should let your local mechanic handle it.

Replacing the whole arm is a whole lot easier if you don't mind spending more $$.

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(This post was edited by Discretesignals on Jul 10, 2011, 10:40 AM)

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Jul 11, 2011, 2:37 AM

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I suffer from rust on the brain from around here. Had one on a Olds Cutlass Classic (last RWD one) had the control arm off and bushing plain fell out - NFG. Can't recall prices but could look it up. New whole thing wasn't that bad as I recall and came w a new ball joint too and both bushings. Didn't have much of a choice with that one.

I've had to replace whole rear differentials because they as thick as they are were so bad they were unsafe! Frames fall to the ground. Brake and gas lines up the butt.

Slowly town by town they are ceasing use of rock salt on the roads. Stuff should be outlawed,


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