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Squeaky Bushings

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    my bushings are squeaky squeky on my 98 eb and it's driving me crazy. i hate mechanics so i've learned to do alot of my own work. anyone know how hard it is to change bushings? Any info is greatly appreciated
     
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    Where abouts is it coming from?

    I have a bad 'creak' on my 98 but I think I have narrowed it down to the Pitman arm or the Idler arm.
     
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    if its the bushings in the shocks, they arent too hard to do. just unbolt the shocks, use a vice to push out the old bushings and insert the new ones. just about that simple. bushings are pretty cheap
     
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    if you still the factory ball joints and tie rods and such they dont have grease zerks and get dry over time and squeak when you turn or hit speed bumps... i got a grease needle for my grase gun $3 that allows me to grease the joints and solved my squeaking front end
     
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    i know its the front end, i've even laid under it and pushed it up and down to try to pinpoint it but i still can't call it. i had the control arms changed in 05 but the bushings look pretty dry and the ball joint at the end of the control arm is all tore up. i was looking at the energy suspension kit, $100. what do you guys think? are they hard to change?
     
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    i have the energy suspension control arm bushings on my 97 the handleing difference was night and day.... it took me about 6 hours to install them
     
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    that sounds great! i'm gonna get them this week. we're supposed to be hitting 60's this week. i can do it on the weekend. any pointers? how did you manage to remove the old bushings and install the new ones. do i need any special tools?
     
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    the most time consuming for was getting the torsion bars out, 13 years of grit took its toll... i have a ball joint/ u-joint service tool with the master adapter set. both kits are about $100 at harbor freight... thats what i used to press the bushings in and out. or you can pull the control arms off and have a shop press the bushings for you... the night before i would spray all the nuts and bolts with a good penetrating oil. too load and unload the torsion keys i use a 2 jaw puller... hope this helps you out
     

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