How to Install Car Bushings

There are several types of car bushings but they simply have one common goal, and that is to control the amount of friction between the mechanical parts of the car. Although there are various kinds – shock bushings, control-arm bushings, door-hinge bushings, etc., they do follow the same basic installation procedures.

Tools and Materials

  • Socket wrench set
  • Lug wrench
  • Car bushings
  • Car jack
  • Jack stands
  • Eye goggles
  • Protective gloves

Step 1 – Determine the Type of Bushing to be Installed

There are practically many types of car bushings, but determining what type it is and where it will be installed is crucial to the installation process. These devices come with guides that provide proper assembly instructions and correct configuration. As soon as the location is determined, proceed to the next step.

Step 2 – Prep the Car

Ensure that the car is parked on a solid and stable-level surface. Detach the battery cable if necessary. Determine which side of the car needs to be elevated. This depends on where the device should be installed at. Raise the side of the car where the bushing will be installed using a car jack. Be careful when dealing with the elevation process. First determine where the correct jacking joints are before proceeding. When the car is properly elevated, carefully place the jack stand or stands beneath the car.

Step 3 – Remove the Wheels

If the bushings require the removal of a wheel or wheels for access, remove the lug nuts from those wheels using a lug wrench. Set these aside and pull the wheels off with both hands. Set the wheels aside.

Step 4 – Gain Access to the Old Bushings

This may require removing the entire part of the car where the bushing is installed. Refer to the manufacturer’s manual to get an idea about the proper configuration of the bushing. Study it carefully before removing any part of the car. Remove the mounting hardware from the car part and detach it safely. For example, if you are replacing the bushings in a shock absorber, determine how the device is mounted onto the car and detach it carefully.

Step 5 – Remove the Old Bushing

Use the proper wrench to remove the bolts securing the device to its corresponding car part and remove it. Discard the old material. Take note on how the old one was secured to the car part to ensure that the new one is installed correctly.

Step 6 – Install the Bushings

Insert the new bushings into their respective locations. Remember to install them correctly fitted and positioned. Secure the newly installed devices with the new bolts provided in their respective packages. Tighten these bolts with a wrench and reinstall everything else.

Step 7 – Final Installation Procedures

Install the car part back into its respective location and secure it with the correct mounting hardware. Insert the wheels back and secure them with the lug nuts. Put back the jack, remove the jack stands and lower the car. Reconnect the battery and test the car.