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Have you replaced the rubber flex hoses to each front wheel?
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Default Preparation and Nut Removal

Here are some opening shots. As you can see, the start is relatively simple, but the damage done to the Stabilizer (Sway) Bar Link Bushing and the lack of a Lower Ball Joint Dust Boot is ominous.









Now, I am sorry that I don't have an actual picture of separating the control arm from the spindle. Why? Because using a 3# sledge, my co-worker tapped it right off. Didn't need the new pickle fork nor the separator tool that Randy lent to me. BUT, since I will be replacing the ball joint apparently I will be doing this again.....so I will make sure I get a picture of that, but you can imaging the sledge tapping out the lower ball joint from the spindle. Pretty Straight Forward.

Here I am taking/banging out the "old" bushing.
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Removal of Arm and Pressing the Bushing



Not the best shots, but the arm is gone from the suspension:





Cleaning Up the Arm





Pressing in the Bushing:



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Have you replaced the rubber flex hoses to each front wheel?
Yes sir. Everything is new on the brakes (shoes, wheel cylinders, hoses, flushed and filled fluids).

Also, suspension has (had) all new bushings and ball joints.....
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Default Front Right & Left Strut Bushings

Right Bushings are on the Right of the Pic.



Note the LEFT Sway Bar Bushing in the Upper Left. I replaced those as well.

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