How to Remove Leaf Spring Bushings

Leaf spring bushings can be found on the underside of the car and are part of a car’s suspension system. They basically reduce the shock and vibration transmitted to the car by absorbing it, making the ride more comfortable. As these parts age, they may become worn and brittle and therefore lose their effectiveness and should be replaced.

Materials

  • Jack
  • Jack Stands
  • Floor Jack
  • Standard Wrench Set
  • Dead Blow Hammer
  • Socket Set

Step 1: Raise the Vehicle

Get your jack and elevate the vehicle and put jack stands on all four corners. Make sure that you place them correctly on the frame of the car. Also remember to work on a flat and level surface. Place a floor jack under the axle for added support.

Step 2: Remove Leaf Springs from Hanger

With the car already raised, locate the leaf springs under the car. The bushings are found within these leaf springs. These leaf springs in turn are attached to a hanger that supports them. Using the appropriate wrench, remove the leaf springs from the hanger by undoing the bolts that keep them fastened.

Step 3: Expose the Bushings

Lower the jack in order for the leaf springs to be free from the hanger. They will now be positioned below the hanger since you already removed the bolts holding them. With the leaf springs free, you can now access the bushings.

Step 4: Remove the Bushings

Separate the bushings from the leaf springs by driving the appropriate socket into the eye where the bushings lie and hitting the socket with the dead blow hammer. This will cause the leaf spring bushings to come free.