I?m replacing the upper control arm bushings on my '01 4WD Durango and have been generally following Schusterjo?s write up. I got the bushings out with a combination of drill and propane torch, but I?m 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 as you can see here.
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The replacement bushing (Energy Suspension) and sleeve are next to it in this shot.
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To make it clearer what sleeve I?m talking about. With the old bushing out, the new one slides easily into the old sleeve. I assume it'll 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 isn?t split and I don?t have a lot of confidence that hitting the notch with a screwdriver is going to split it, unless the metal is a lot softer than it seems, and it feels like it's 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. Of course his control arm does look a little different than mine.