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I had posted on here that my car (2002 T5) had gotten a vibration when letting off the gas at highway speeds a while back. <p>Anyway, I changed the front control arm bushings, at $26.00 a piece and its as good as new. I got them from Arizona Autohaus and the job took me most of the day with a bit of head scratching. The Vadis (Volvo service manual) was a help but I had to do some things differently as I have none of the special Volvo tools. I have heard people saying it costs around 400 to have them changed, which is a ripoff. <p>It's not a job for the typical oil changer car owner but for anyone with experience working on cars its not bad. All in all its a fairly rewarding car to work on i think. <p>If anyone is going to change the bushings themselves and has some questions you can email me at [email protected]
 

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Re: Changed my Control arm bushings, not too bad a job either (mtaviator)

Thanks for the site on the other thread.<p>Just ordered them. <IMG NAME="icon" SRC="http://********************/smile/emthup.gif" BORDER="0"> <p>Any problems taking the old ones out?<p>Did you need a press to put in the new ones?<p>
 

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Re: Changed my Control arm bushings, not too bad a job either (wrodri54)

As far as taking the old ones out, when I got the control arms out, I removed the bushings by using a destructive method that has served me very well over the years in many applications. What I mean is sacrificing the part you are replacing. <p>I started by using a long 1/4" or so drill bit and hogged out the rubber around the bushing. Then I pulled out the core of the bushing, and took a small sanding drum and removed the rubber along one edge of the bushing. With that done I took a hack saw blade and cut through the outer metal until the bushing collapsed slightly. This removed the pressure on it and it came out easy with NO wear or marks to the control arm whatsoever. <p>As far as putting the new one in, yes, some sort of press is needed. You can make a pretty simple press to press the new ones in. Basically 2 threaded rods with thick steel plates on each end. One plate needs a hole in it to allow the core of the bushing to fit through it. Make sure you put the new bushings in the exact same position as the old ones, they arent indexed at all.<p>I had considered taking the control arms to a shop to have them pressed out and the new ones in and was quoted $50 for the job so that might be an option for you. I just did them myself because I didnt feel like going out, and enjoy a challenge.
 

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Thank's for the help. <IMG NAME="icon" SRC="http://********************/smile/emthup.gif" BORDER="0"> <p>I'll post the results when I'm done.
 

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are you replacing with factory bushings or poly?
 

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Factory.<p>at <A HREF="http://www.autohausaz.com/sear...shing" TARGET="_blank">http://www.autohausaz.com/sear...shing</A>
 
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