In Reply to: anyone replaced rear subframe bushings lately??? posted by R Kieffer on March 30, 2000 at 19:46:36:
Don't do it yourself, its a huge pain in the ass without a lift. I had a EconoLube shop do it for 1.5 hours labor, well worth it. The job won't even show up in the mechanics labor book, so just tell them it should take 1.5 and let them charge you by the hour. The old bushings need to be removed with an air chisel or possibly a saw. I tried the saw myself with no success before taking it to the shop. Putting the new ones in it is critical to do the following:
1) Trim the excess rubber "fringes" off the seems of the bushing to make it slide in easier.
2) You MUST thoroughly lube the bushing and the housing with Dawn liquid hand soap. It MUST BE soap (not grease) and Dawn is the slippriest.
Then you can press the bushing in with one of those 6ft tall floor jack/lift things that you crank, using the weight of the car to force it in. They will also have to place a block of wood between the subframe housing and the pan of the car while pressing it in. Econolube used a steel doughnut of some sort on top of the jack to fully seat teh bushing around the metal rod. I got the bushings at the dealer for $45 each. Again, don't try it at home, trust me!
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