Subaru Tribeca 2006

Lower Control Arms

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Bushing Replacement





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Fig. The front control arm bushing must be installed in the proper direction

  1. Remove the control arm from the vehicle.
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  3. Mount the control arm in a soft jawed vise.
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  5. Use either a press or a control arm bushing fixture (C-clamp like tool) along with a slotted washer and a piece of pipe (slightly larger than the bushing) and press out the old bushing.
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  7. Clean the inside bushing contact surfaces of rust and old rubber.
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To install:

  1. Apply a light coating of grease to both the replacement busing and bushing contact surfaces on the control arm.
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  3. Align the bushing.
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  5. Install the bushing using the press tool. A bushing install clamp can also be used to compress the bushing into the control arm.
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  7. Install the control arm on the vehicle.
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Removal & Installation



  1. Before servicing the vehicle, refer to the Precautions Section.
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  3. Raise and support the vehicle safely.
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  5. Remove the tire and wheel.
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  7. Remove the front crossmember support plate.
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  9. Remove the stabilizer bar.
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  11. Remove the ball joint from the front arm.
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  13. Remove the nut securing the front arm to the crossmember.
    NOTE
    Do not remove the bolt.

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  15. Remove the front arm support plate.
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  17. Remove the bolt securing the front arm to the crossmember and pull the front arm out of the crossmember.
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  19. To remove the stud bolt, use tool ST20299AG020.
    NOTE
    Do not remove the stud bolt unless it is necessary. Always replace the removed parts with new ones.

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To install:

  1. Installation is the reverse of the removal procedure.
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  3. Tighten the stud bolt to 81 ft. lbs. (110 Nm), if removed.
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  5. Tighten the support plate to front arm bolts to 107 ft. lbs. (145 Nm).
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  7. Tighten the support plate to body bolts to 111 ft. lbs. (150 Nm).
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  9. Always fully tighten the rubber bushings when the wheels are in full contact with the ground and the vehicle is at curb height.
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  11. Check and adjust alignment, as required.
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