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post #1 of 8 Old 03-23-2002, 05:25 PM Thread Starter
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Exclamation A-arm bushing problem....

I installed the passenger side Steeda PU A-arm bushings. Here's the issue.

When the A-arm moves, it grinds against the outer sleeve and squeaks like hell. Is there a way to stop it from moving on the sleeve? Like tack welding it in a few spots?

It's bugging the CRAP out of me.


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It sounds like you're saying that the control arm is rotating on the bushing shell. They should not rotate in the control arm, even with just a press fit. Tack welding the shell to the sleeve would be one way to stop it. Just make sure the bushing is removed from the shell prior to welding it.

Also, make sure that your bushings aren't binding in the shell. You should be able to pivot the control arm with a minimal amount of force. Here a link to some info on trimming your bushings if their binding. >>>http://www.flash.net/~ivc1/cobra/frtpoly.html

I've found that both Energy Suspension and Prothane FCA bushings tend to bind and need to be trimmed.

Hope this helps...

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Well you were right on the money. I trimmed down the edges on one side of both bushings and POOF! No more squeaking....and the car rides a touch smoother now that the A-arm can MOVE again. LOL!

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Well you were right on the money. I trimmed down the edges on one side of both bushings and POOF! No more squeaking....and the car rides a touch smoother now that the A-arm can MOVE again. LOL!

Thanks for the link!
Glad that did the trick! I do this on all the FCA bushings that I install and never have a problem with squeaking or harshness.
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Egads! More problems! blown, I need your help yet again.

I am getting a harsh creaking (not a squeaking) whenever I go over bumps, and more importantly, when I turn the steering wheel. I trimmed the bushings as you said, and I haven't done a complete tear-down of the front suspension, but it's driving me bonkers. The creaking is louder when I turn the wheel while moving. If I turn it side to side while motionless, the creaking usually goes away, or is minimized.

Any ideas before I dive into it?
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Hope one of these helps...

1. Make sure the control arm bolts are tight.

2. If you have offset rack bushings, when the tightness of th erack bushings.

3. Check you ball joints/tie rod ends.
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Well, the more I drive it, the more I'm leaning towards the Energy Suspension swaybar bushings. I didn't grease them down that well, and I'm thinking they may be the culprit. It's a deep loud creak, whereas the tie-rod end was a high pitched squeal.

We'll see. I'm going to try greasing the heck out of the sb bushings first.
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OK. I know this is basic, but I didn't grease the a-arm flanges. (head smack)

Now, I read over your webpage and I'm trying to figure out a way of replacing the a-arm bushings (still haven't the driver side) at home. I have basic air tools and that's about it. Any suggestions?

Thanks again for all of your guidance. Next time I swing by Austin I owe ya a beer.
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