Iím replacing the upper control arm bushings on my Ď01 4WD Durango. Iíve been generally following Schusterjoís write up here: http://dodgeforum.com/forum/1st-gen-...-repair-4.html
With a combination of drill and propane torch, I got the bushings out. But Iím looking at the metal sleeve and wondering why I have to take that out. Schusterjo shows it being split, but mine just has a little notch, which you can see here: http://s397.photobucket.com/albums/p...t=P1050738.jpg
. The replacement bushing (Energy Suspension) and sleeve are next to it in this shot http://s397.photobucket.com/albums/p...t=P1050737.jpg
, to make it clearer what sleeve Iím talking about. With the old bushing out, the new one just slides easily into the old sleeve. I assume it will compress and tighten up when I crank down the nut on the end of the pivot shaft. Do I need to replace this sleeve, or can I just slide the new bushing in? Using the old sleeve will make this a WHOLE lot easier.
And if I have to replace it, is it going to come out easily? The sleeve isnít split, and I donít have a lot of confidence that hitting the notch with a screwdriver is going to split the whole thing, unless the metal is a lot softer than it seems. And it feels like itís welded to the control arm. Schusterjo says to pry it away from the inner part of the shaft with a screwdriver, but when I put a screwdriver in there it just pushes the whole outer arm assembly away. But then, his control arm looks a little different from mine.