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Old 09-10-2011, 11:19 AM
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Question 98 Ram 2WD - replacing control arm bushing

I've got a badly squawking control arm (not sure if it's upper or lower) on the driver's side of my truck. I've replaced a bushing once, on my '69 Mustang (remember that trademark squeak/squawk of that era's Fords!!), but of course the one on the Ram is much bigger.

Looks pretty straightforward - compress the spring, remove the shock, take the control arm pivot shaft loose and pop the ball joint out of the steering knuckle. Burn out the old bushings, put in the new ones, reassemble...

It's that "put in the new ones" that has me concerned. Looks like they have to be pressed in from the outside. That can't be easy.

I'd appreciate input from anyone on this one.

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I've got a badly squawking control arm (not sure if it's upper or lower) on the driver's side of my truck. I've replaced a bushing once, on my '69 Mustang (remember that trademark squeak/squawk of that era's Fords!!), but of course the one on the Ram is much bigger.

Looks pretty straightforward - compress the spring, remove the shock, take the control arm pivot shaft loose and pop the ball joint out of the steering knuckle. Burn out the old bushings, put in the new ones, reassemble...

It's that "put in the new ones" that has me concerned. Looks like they have to be pressed in from the outside. That can't be easy.

I'd appreciate input from anyone on this one.

Thanks!
I can give you a tip for the lower control arms, removing them. I had to disconnect the spindle from the ball joint one time to remove the springs so I could remove some old rusty shock absorber bolts that rusted in the lower arms. Well anyways I found that if you put the frame on jackstands and use your floor jack you can use it to hold the spring tension while you disconnect the arms, then slowly let of jack pressure and the spring should release tension and then the control arm should hit the ground and you can remove the spring safely. Repeat procedure backwards to install springs, as for the bushings in my situation I wouldn't bother, it's wiser to replace all 4 control arms and call it a day cause the truck will rust out before you need to attend to the arms other then grease. But your situation different I do know that for the upper control arm bushings you will probably need a puematic chisel to remove the bushing. Their is little for me to do to help you cause this is like performing surgery without being their! I can give you tips like the one about removing the springs safely. You should know that to do both sides will take a day each as it's a long process if done properly, be sure to torque nut on the ball joint while the truck is jacked up, you never torque them while it's on ride height big NO NO.
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I've got a badly squawking control arm (not sure if it's upper or lower) on the driver's side of my truck. I've replaced a bushing once, on my '69 Mustang (remember that trademark squeak/squawk of that era's Fords!!), but of course the one on the Ram is much bigger.

Looks pretty straightforward - compress the spring, remove the shock, take the control arm pivot shaft loose and pop the ball joint out of the steering knuckle. Burn out the old bushings, put in the new ones, reassemble...

It's that "put in the new ones" that has me concerned. Looks like they have to be pressed in from the outside. That can't be easy.

I'd appreciate input from anyone on this one.

Thanks!
Oh forgot to tell you before to press in the bushings you could use a old fashion C Clamp like Brink and Cotton cast iron ones, I have one from the 40's I think anyways a good clamp and two small pieces of wood and a channel lock. Take the two pieces of wood.... (common sense stuff goes here).... Then use the channel lock to twist the clamps T-Handle when it becomes to hard to do by hand...
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Thanks for the tips and info. I'll give consideration to just having it done!
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I do know that for the upper control arm bushings you will probably need a puematic chisel to remove the bushing.
Back when I was doing mechanic work on the side, taking out the old bushing was simply a matter of burning it out with a torch. Did that on plenty of Fords.

I'd be interested to see some illustrations on doing this job (aside from the Haynes book I have).
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