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Machine Shop Pressing a Bushing? - February 7, 2017, 01:28 PM

We are planning to replace some suspension components on one of the car.

Lower Control arm has compliance bushing, old one need to be removed and new one need to be pressed in.

Was wondering if there's a local machine shop or any press where should I take it?

Or can HF press be able to tackle the job and should buy my own?

Thanks for all the help.


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February 7, 2017, 07:23 PM

Let me guess - mid 2000's Honda Civic?

You might be able to rig something like this up to work:



Its cheap enough to try and even if it doesn't work for you now, it would be handy for the future:

https://www.amazon.com/Bearing-Remov...6516869&sr=1-7
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Too40gawlf, absolutely right

Thanks for the tip, think I can rent something similar from AAP or AZ etc...

Will give it a shot.

If anyone has a tip for a local place who can do this work that would be great. Thanks


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Too40gawlf, absolutely right

Thanks for the tip, think I can rent something similar from AAP or AZ etc...

Will give it a shot.

If anyone has a tip for a local place who can do this work that would be great. Thanks
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Where in NoVa are you?

Thank you again, I am in Manassas/Bristow area.


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February 7, 2017, 08:07 PM

A halfway decent auto shop should be able to press in a bushing. I've wanted to replace all the bushings in my 20 year old Miata for a while.

This video shows the process. You can torch the old one out if you want a smoke show if your bushings don't have a metal sleeve on the outside. Freezing the new one can help when installing as it shrinks the bushing.

This video shows a pretty good explanation, but skip to 5:21 though to show a potential pitfall - distorting the control arm.


There are a lot of other bushing videos. Some show how to do it without a kit.
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Thank you again, I am in Manassas/Bristow area.
So I'm sorry - the tool that I linked will not work. You need this tool:



It costs about $120-$150. For some reason, Advance and Autozone don't carry this as a rental tool.

I estimate it would cost about $300 to have any decent Asian shop do the work. They will either have the tool itself or an effective alternate work around. Sorry, I don't have recommendations for any place in your neck of the woods.
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A halfway decent auto shop should be able to press in a bushing. I've wanted to replace all the bushings in my 20 year old Miata for a while.

This video shows the process. You can torch the old one out if you want a smoke show if your bushings don't have a metal sleeve on the outside. Freezing the new one can help when installing as it shrinks the bushing.

This video shows a pretty good explanation, but skip to 5:21 though to show a potential pitfall - distorting the control arm.

There are a lot of other bushing videos. Some show how to do it without a kit.

Thanks very much beatle, appreciate it man. This video is definitely helpful. I'll give it a go, otherwise have already ordered whole LCAs, if nothing works, can just slap them on.


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So I'm sorry - the tool that I linked will not work. You need this tool:

It costs about $120-$150. For some reason, Advance and Autozone don't carry this as a rental tool.

I estimate it would cost about $300 to have any decent Asian shop do the work. They will either have the tool itself or an effective alternate work around. Sorry, I don't have recommendations for any place in your neck of the woods.
No problem, thanks for your input and help.


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