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Old 05-04-2009, 10:34 AM
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how do you replace 420SEL strut rod bushing

My 420SEL strut rod bushing are worn out and I get a lot of klucking from thom. How do you replace them

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Old 05-04-2009, 04:16 PM
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I assume it's a 126?
Not too bad really.
The approved way is to use a spring compressor to unload the lower control arm a bit. Then just unbolt the two huge bolts on each little subframe that contains the guide rod bushing, and drop it down a bit. Then you can unclamp and unscrew the bushing from the guide rod and replace it. Mark the number of threads showing on the old one, and screw the new one in about the same. Then get it aligned.
We also did it once without using a spring compressor; but problem is that the spring tries to push the control arm/spindle assembly towards the rear when you unbolt the subframe that contains the guiderod bushing. We used a strong tie-down strap to help hold the control arm/spindle in place, but when we rebolted the subframe bolts we had to pull forward as hard as we could on the control arm in order to get the subframe bolts started. probably best to keep that spring compressed and contained.

Either way, be careful when working around the spring; wanna keep all those fingers.

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