Join Date: Aug 2003
Location: San Jose, CA
Vehicle: 4.7L '03 Durango SLT
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Help removing upper control arm bushings
I'm having a hell of a time trying to remove the upper control arm bushings on my ride. I'm using a 2-ton three jaw puller with the puller's hooks around the bushing's "hat", and the puller's screw pressing on the control arm's swivel shaft (the shaft that goes through the bushing). The bushing is moving without problems up/down on the swivel shaft. But its not budging from the control arm housing. When the puller tries to pull the bushing out, the control arm housing just widens like pulling the two sides of a wish-bone. I regularly get it to move about 1/2". If the puller slips, or I release it, the control arm just snaps back into its original place. The bushing doesn't budge. I'm afraid I'm going to bend the control arm housing.
I've used a pretty good helping of penetrating oil to help loosen anything up in the control arm's housing, but it doesn't appear to help. There isn't much rust on this truck (its a CA girl after all).
Any tips to get these damn bushings out? Is there a better tool to get these bushings out? Thanks...
4.7L '03 Patriot Blue Durango SLT
Magnaflow Muffler w/ stock tubing