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Q:Does it need to be pressed out by a press
A:Installing this Auto7 control arm bushing - part# 840-0004 generally requires having the alignment checked once the job is complete. The use of an air chisel makes the job easier if one is available. Control arm bushings are pressed in and require some force to get out. When removing the control arms, make sure that they are replaced with the exact adjustment that was present when they were removed. There are many different adjustments depending of the year and type of vehicle. If it is the type of vehicle that uses shims in the upper control arm between the frame and the control arm, remove the shims and lay them together so they can be replaced in the same place. These shims are all different sizes and control the camber and caster. If it is the type of vehicle that has eccentrics, note the exact position of the eccentric and mark it with a paint stick for installation. If it is the type with an inside eccentric with a tab, mark where the tab is located. These resemble quarter moon shaped slots with a pin that moves up or down in the slot. Mark the position within the slot that the pin is located. If an air gun is available lay the lip of the control arm on the flat side of a vise and use the air gun tip behind the lip of the bushing and work around the lip to force it out. They are very tight so it may be necessary to use the chisel and bend the bushing inward on the inside of the control arm. If it is stuck too hard, apply some heat to expand the arm a little and work it out. If at all possible do not angle the bushing as it comes out or it will become even more difficult. Once out put anti seize compound on the inside of the hole in the control arm and on the new bushing. Use a big hammer to install the bushings but do not beat on the bushing itself or it will distort. Use a block of wood or something flat to disperse the force across the entire face of the bushing. If an air chisel is not available it will have to be taken out with a large hammer. Place the control arm on a vise and hammer it out from the inside. Rotate the control arm as it is being forced out. The main thing is to not distort or bend the control arm. Use a large socket or piece of pipe as a receptacle when installing the new bushing. Hammer the bushing into the pipe. If they are not all the way in it won’t hurt anything because when they are installed the large nuts and washers will pull them the rest of the way in. This is the normal way of installing the control arm bushing. For any further assistance, please visit your nearest Advance Auto store or call us directly at 1-877-ADVANCE (238-2623) and one of our representatives there would be more than happy to assist you.