Neon, 2000 - 2005

Control Arm Bushing

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Removal & Installation



Front Isolator Bushing
  1. Remove the front lower control arm from the vehicle.
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  3. Mount a suitable C-clamp, C-4212-F in a vise. Install bushing remover tool 6804 and bushing receiver tool 6758 on the C-clamp.

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    Fig. You must assemble a suitable C-clamp and adapter tools in a vise

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  5. Place the lower control arm on the special tools assembled for removal of the front isolator bushing, as shown in the accompanying figure. Be sure the tool are positioned and assembled properly on the C-clamp.
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  7. Tighten the screw on the C-clamp to press the front bushing out of the lower control arm.

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    Fig. Tighten the C-clamp screw to press the front bushing from the lower control arm

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To install:

  1. Mount installer cup tool C-4214-F on the C-clamp. Then, mount the bushing installer tool 6810 on the screw part of the C-clamp.
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  3. Start the front bushing into the lower control arm by hand, making sure it is square with its mounting hole in the lower control arm. The bushing is to be installed in the lower control arm from the machined surface side of the lower control arm bushing hole.

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    Fig. Installation direction of the lower control arm front bushing

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  5. Install the lower control on the special tools. Make sure the tools are properly installed.
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  7. Tighten the screw of the C-clamp, pressing the front bushing into the lower control arm until the special tool 6810 is flush on the machined surface of the lower control arm. This will correctly position the front bushing in the lower control arm.

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    Fig. Proper installed position of the front lower control arm bushing

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  9. Install the lower control arm in the vehicle, as outlined earlier in this section.
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Rear Isolator Bushing

NOTE
Removal and installation of the rear isolator bushing requires the use of an arbor press and a variety of special tools. Do NOT try to use a different procedure, other than the one given to replace the bushing.

  1. Remove the lower control arm from the vehicle.
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  3. Position the lower control arm in an arbor press supported at the rear bushing using receiver cup tool 6756. Position the remover/installer tool 6758 on top of the rear control arm bushing, as shown in the accompanying illustration.

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    Fig. Proper assembly of the special tools needed for rear bushing replacement

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  5. Press the isolator bushing out of the lower control arm.
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To install:

  1. Install the rear bushing into the lower control arm in the direction indicated in the accompanying figure. The rear bushing must be positioned in the lower control arm with the void in the bushing pointing toward the compression strut of the lower control arm, as shown in the accompanying figure.

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    Fig. Proper installation of the bushing in the lower control arm

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  3. Place the lower control arm in an arbor press supported at the rear bushing hole using receiver cup 6756. Correctly position the remover/installer tool 6760 on top of the rear control arm bushing.

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    Fig. You must use an arbor press to install the bushing

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  5. Press the rear bushing into the lower control arm, until the flange on the bushing is flush with the machined surface of the lower control arm.

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    Fig. When the bushing is proper installed, the flange will be flush with the lower control arm machined surface

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  7. Install the lower control arm into the vehicle.
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