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Can you press bushings from aluminum control arm? #4468045
07/23/17 02:03 PM
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My brother's 2009 Cobalt SS has a really terrible lower right control arm bushing that needs replacing ASAP. Will he need to replace the entire control arm or can the bad bushing be pressed out? His Cobalt has the FE5 sport/performance suspension with aluminum control arms. I know this isn't a problem with steel parts but will the aluminum take to having the bushing pressed out without destroying it?


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Re: Can you press bushings from aluminum control arm? [Re: 55Test] #4468049
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Yeah it's no issue. Done it many times in VW/Audi land.

Just make sure it's not staked and that you press it straight.


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Re: Can you press bushings from aluminum control arm? [Re: 55Test] #4468053
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Be sure to use lube.


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Re: Can you press bushings from aluminum control arm? [Re: 55Test] #4468078
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MY shade tree hack for taking out a bushing, is to cut out the center with a jig saw and to finish the job with a hacksaw and a punch. Press in the new one with a vise.


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Re: Can you press bushings from aluminum control arm? [Re: andyd] #4468086
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If you got to go through all the trouble of taking the control arm out you might as well replace the control arm. That's what we do at work on cobalt's


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Re: Can you press bushings from aluminum control arm? [Re: 55Test] #4468428
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The UCAs on my BMW would wear out the bushing 3X faster than the balljoint. Opposite on the lowers the ball wore out before the bushings.


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Re: Can you press bushings from aluminum control arm? [Re: 55Test] #4468450
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make sure a replacement bushing can be bought, GM and others may offer only a complete control arm!

Re: Can you press bushings from aluminum control arm? [Re: 55Test] #4468523
07/23/17 11:28 PM
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Rockauto has new control arm for sport suspension complete for $79. That is what I would do. Your time is well worth that. (They do have just the bushing to for under $10)

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