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Urethane Lower Control Arm Bush\'s 10 years 7 months ago #59421

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There are a few threads on this topic but none updated or with any info on the where\'s and how\'s.
I\'m no expert and will not be doing my own work(well not since I\'m surrounded by Chrysler Mechanics)
Even though at first they didn\'t want to fit them, The reason, they didn\'t know how??
As they were aftermarket(RED) and were not shown how to fit after marketparts at Chrysler training(this is not a joke)
Plus when the mechanics looked at them they told me there were parts missing and were the wrong ones.
So I took them home thinking they were no good, I opened them and found fitting instructions. There were pieces missing but these were to be taken from the old original bush\'s.
So with this infomation I took them back to work and showed the MECHANICS this and they saw that this would work but would not be easy.
Well I\'ve since obtained a set of old bush\'s and removed the nesessary parts and here is where I thought a few pictures would be a good idea. so here tis.

Firstly the new Bush\'s



Which are still available on ebay for $37 US and I think it was around the same for postage(Total $60-70 US)

cgi.ebay.com/ebaymotors/ws/eBayISAPI.dll...em&item=120421531024

Old Bush\'s from a Customers car (2 sets obtained just in case)



In the original bush\'s there is a metal sleeve with a large flat base. These are the pieces I needed. But these bush\'s are a complete unit Cannot be easily taken apart. After a few sudgestions I settled on using a large press to push the sleeves out of the rubber bush\'s.

Sleeve with part of the rubber still firmly attached.



The old rubber needs to be fully removed???? There were a couple of sugestions, Burn/melt them off, cut them off. Both sounded easy enough.
I chose to cut them off. Told to use a hacksaw and a razor blade.
Instead oppted for the electric jigsaw and grinder.

Most of the rubber removed first with the Jigsaw.



then more removed with the Grinder.



Used a razor blade scaper to tidy up the rough bits and some sand paper to smooth it out. After an hour or so this is both sleeves removed and cleaned up fitted with the new Bush\'s



and lastly from old to new.



Now they will be fitted tommorrow by the mechanics along with my service
see how they go on the trip to Port Macquarie on the weekend
Colin & Joan

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Re:Urethane Lower Control Arm Bush\'s 10 years 7 months ago #59445

Good report Colin, looking forward to hearing how they work on the car.
Steve Drury
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PT Cruiser Car Club SA
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Re:Urethane Lower Control Arm Bush\'s 10 years 7 months ago #59450

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Col you should be the mechanic. Maybe you could teach the boys a thing or two. :thumbup: :thumbup: :thumbup:
"Age doesn't weary us, it just makes us go cruisin more."

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Re:Urethane Lower Control Arm Bush\'s 10 years 5 months ago #60732

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hi colin
would you like to up date this post for us,

is the car any better now with the new bushes installed ??
green with envy 01 Limited Shale Green
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Re:Urethane Lower Control Arm Bush\'s 10 years 5 months ago #60785

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B) B) B) Just browsing,great little step by step there Col ,I remember you telling me about them ?

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Re:Urethane Lower Control Arm Bush\'s 10 years 5 months ago #60843

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ptx2 wrote:
hi colin
would you like to up date this post for us,

is the car any better now with the new bushes installed ??
There is an improvement slightly Not as rough a ride as I though it would be.
But I would compare it to Changing 1 spark plug. Not that noticable unless you change the whole lot. ;)

Update when the car is serviced again and they should be well worn in by then to get a good idea of how they are goin.

The reason they were replaced was there was a lot of loud creaking goin on almost constantly while driving, But the creaking has not stopped or for that matter increased or decreased(so it wasn\'t the lower control arm bushes)
Next service will be in a few weeks(5k to go) I\'m hoping that what ever is causing the squeaks and creaks can be found(possibily tie rods or other steering components)

Also if anyones interested, in the next few days I will be changing the gear box bush so will put some pics of that up aswell. So others can see whats involved.:ohmy:
Thanks Kieth for your help and I will fit it soon I promise. :blush: :dry:
Colin & Joan

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