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#1 ONLINE   fuzzymoomoo

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Posted 03 March 2017 - 09:51 PM

I'm currently in the middle of rebuilding the suspension on my 2008. I did the front about a month ago (new struts, control arms, sway bar links, brakes) and aside from a strut that inexplicably failed within 2 weeks I haven't had much issue aside from either a hub failing or a caliper that didn't properly reset. Waiting for a warmer day to inspect.

I'm about to order parts to rebuild the rear because it's well past time as most of the bushings are worn beyond what they should be (186k miles). My question is twofold. How difficult is it to remove the control arms using a jack in lieu of a spring compressor and how hard is it to replace the trailing arm bushings?

I figured out a way in theory to use the jack and a 2x4 under the control arm to compress the spring in order to unbolt it without explosively decompressing the spring, is it a good idea?

I've read on several other forums from weekend warrior type DIY mechanics that replacing the trailing arm bushing is a major PITA doing it by hand. Would it be more worthwhile to just replace the whole arm or not even worry about it and leave it as is? I'm not worried necessarily about moving brake lines, I'm replacing the brakes and wheel cylinders anyway.

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#2 OFFLINE   630land

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Posted 06 March 2017 - 05:15 PM

186,000 miles is a lot better than the "good old days" when cars rusted away by 75K.


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