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7/02/2006
09:34:36

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Has anyone ever replaced the control arm bushings on a 99 4x4 with the 318. I was wondering how hard a job it is. Is it worth it for me to try to do it myself.



zzark
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7/02/2006
19:42:20

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I did it on a 2wd V6, and it was very difficult.
If I can do it, anyone can, as I'm not a mechanic.
But I wouldn't recommend it, unless you really need to save the money.

zzark



toolfan
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7/02/2006
21:44:21

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i just did the upper and lower control arms. it took a weekend. i replace them with polyurethane bush and im very happy with how solid the truck feels.

the job wasn't to hard for me cause i have had the front in a part to many times to count.

special Tools torque wrenchs, torques screw thingys, and spring compressor (you can rent the spring compressor from auto zone)

you will have to take off
-tire
-caliber and rotor
-disconnect the tie rod
---your going to have to disconnect the axle by the cv joint...i think?
-pop the spindle off unless you have already done the ball joints, than just unbolt the ball joints.
-take off the upper control arm 2 bolts hold this on
- take off the gas shock
-use a spring compressor if you are going to take off the lower control arm.
-take lower control arm down to a machine shop and have them press the bushings in.
- than reverse the steps.

if you haven't done the ball joints yet, this is the time to do it.


drivers side is the easiest..

you will need an alignment when its all done.



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7/03/2006
20:34:23

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I have a 99 318 4x4 CC, & there are no springs in the front - they get in the way of the CV joints I guess.

I did the prothane upgrade & am very pleased. Changed the swaybar bushings with polys, too.

The method recommended to me was to heat up the old bushings & remove the rubber inserts with pliers - you will be reusing the metal sleeves.



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7/04/2006
09:26:49

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Thanks guys, I wanted to get an idea on how much work was involved and you answered my question. Thanks again, Keep on truckin.



toolfan
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7/04/2006
20:12:32

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sorry forgot they used torsion bars

i did what Tony did and heated up the rubber on the upper bushings and pulled them out, the lowers i took to a shop and had them pressed out and the new bushings installed.



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7/08/2006
23:48:19

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What were the signs that led you to change them. Did they squeek or grind? Did they just look bad? Also If you replace just the lower control arm bushings and ball joints do you still need an alignment. I have already had the dealer replace both upper control arms while under warranty, but the front still squeeks and is very annoying. Sounds comes from driver side only.



98' dakota 3.9



Tony
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7/09/2006
15:27:39

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Any work on bushings will require an alignment - upper &/or lower. At least for the 4x4 version.





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7/11/2006
23:40:23

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Did any of you have a noise after you accelerated then hit the brakes and hear a clicking noise and a little bit of play in the steering wheel (well it feels like a dead spot in the steering)? I've looked everything over and im baffled to say the least. I have unlimited lifetime alignment on my truck so im gonna take it in tomorrow and have them align it and see if they come up with anything, well other then them trying to rip me off. Its a 2001 CC 3.9 4x4 5-speed by the way. Thanks



toolfan
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7/12/2006
00:42:33

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dakman, you can fix the squeak if you buy some bushing lube and take the 2 bolts on the right and left of the upper control arm off and lube the bushing. that will also not effect alignment as long as you don't touch the camber bolts. what i said will only work for the upper control arm, the lower will take alot more work.

i think you could do the lower control arm bushings and not effect the alignment.

yzeffer, those are some of the symptoms i was having. its your bushings or your ball joints. my truck has felt very solid after changing my bushings to the polyurethane energy suspension bushings.



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7/12/2006
09:22:00

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how hard is it to replace the upper control arm bushings on a 2000 durango 2WD (with torsion bars)



yzeffer
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7/12/2006
11:52:04

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Well i bought the truck about 8-10 months ago and the guy kept all his recipes and what not and the ball joints were replaced about a year ago under the recall. So most likely its my control arm bushings. I'll check into them and start mountin' them up...That little clunking noise and the feel of the steering wheel is driving me insane. Thanks



toolfan
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7/12/2006
14:40:41

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eddie, it should be no different than one using a spring. its not to hard you will have to disconnect the upper ball joint, and take off the camber bolts.


yzeffer, i was the same way and its worth the time and money to fix that annoying problem.




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8/08/2012
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Does anyone have any tips on removing rusted/worn camber bolts on a 1988 Dakota? I cannot complete the alignment until I replace these and cannot get a wrench down into the well area, after I cleaned out all the mud and rust.



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8/10/2012
11:52:32

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TLusso,

That doesn't make sense. If you cleaned out the well area of all gunk and junk, then a box-end wrench should slip right on the nut. If a wrench will not get in there, then you still have gunk in the way. Or have they shifted to the point there is not enough clearance?



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