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Jun 03, Learn how simple it is to replace control arm & trailing arm bushings, or knuckle bushings(as shown in this video) by using the DIY press tool shown in this.
Push the outside half all the way in but do not push the inside half all the way in until you have put the metal insert through it as in this photo I then used a G-clamp and some large washers to push the metal insert through the outside half of the bush and firmly push both halfs of the bushings all the way into the housing.
Remove the nut but not the bolt from the shock absorber. Remove both bolts – trailing arm to sub-frame. Slide out the bolt from the shock and lower the arm to the ground. It is somewhat heavy with the caliper still attached.
For installation follow the steps in reverse. You will need to bleed the rear brakes and adjust the parking brakes.
Once its out make sure everything is clean before installing the new bushings.
Nov 17, I'm in the process of removing the trailing arm bushings in my car. I've tried several methods, and nothing seems to be very productive or efficient. I tried burning the bushings out, but that simply made a mess.
Then, I tried to build a bushing removal tool I found on bushcutting.bar, and that only managed to remove the inner bolt sleeve. Jan 17, Then remove via a pulley puller or take off the trailing arm and put it in a press to get the bushing in/out.
If you have done the bearings before on this E, this will be familiar if not allow time. Aug 14, Da-Hose-It's a bitch of a job but it is not impossible, provided the trailing arm bushings aren't completely seized in the trailing arm.
Most people are of the opinion that the only way to remove them is to burn out the rubber center, and then hack saw the metal sleeves in several places until you can knock the old bushings out.