Front Control arm bushings install

Use this at your own risk. There might be better ways to do this, but this is what I did.

1. If your car is lower you might need to use ramps to get the jack under the car.
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2. Use a floor jack and the center jack point.
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3. Put jack stands under the stock jack locations.
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4. Remove the wheels.
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5. Remove the under engine cover. There are some plastic plugs up front and screws underneath. The screw layout is going to vary depending on model.
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6. Drop the engine cover.
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7. Here you can see the both the control arm mounts
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8. Drivers sides mount. You can see how the chassis brace is in the way of the rear bolt.
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9. Remove the driver’s side bolt for the rear brace.
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10. Remove the front drivers side bolt for the brace.
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11. Remove the passenger side rear brace.
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12. I used a jack to hold the brace up while I was loosening the bolts.
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13. Remove the last bolt that is inside the center jack point.
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14. Brace is now lose.
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15. Here you can see the two bolts that hold the carrier in place. (with brace still installed) we need to remove these.
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16. With the bolts removed we need to remove the carrier. I use a Dreamel tool to start cutting the rubber. The bushing is oil filled so have something to catch it.
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17. I finished off the cutting with a utility knife.
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18. Pull the carrier and outer part of the bushing.
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19. Here is the carrier part off the car.
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20. Next we need to remove the rest of the bushing still on the control arm. We will use a three jaw puller. I rented this from AutoZone.
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21. Here the three jaw puller is installed on the control arm.
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22. The control arm nice and cleaned up.
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23. Next we need to press out the bushing. I made a “tool” out of a 2 ½” pipe cap that I ground down to fit.
EDIT – Here is another way to remove the stock bushings – http://forum.e46fanatics.com/showthr…ight=Powerflex
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24. You can see how I made it just fit inside the carrier.
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25. I rented a ball joint press from autozone, with my “tool” and an impact wrench I was able to press the steel sleeve out.
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26. Here are the two carriers free of the OEM bushings.
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27. The left over stock parts.
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28. I cleaned up the carriers and sanded the insides according to the powerflex instructions.
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29. I again used the ball joint press and pressed in the power flex bushings. I took the purple inner section of the bushing out while pressing it in. It was a two step process to press the bushings in. The first time I could not use the spacer sleeve that comes with the press because there was not room.
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30. With the bushing pressed in half way I added the sleeve so that the bushing could properly seat on both sides of the carrier.
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31. Bushing installed.
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32. Install the inner bushing part. I use white lithium grease to lubricate the two parts.
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33. The bushings all ready to install.
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34. Everything bolted back together. Carrier to frame rails takes 44 ft/lbs and the chassis brace to frame is two stage. First tighten to 43 lb/fts then tighten another 90 degrees and another 30 degrees. (per the Bentley manual).
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Writeup by: tim330i

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