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30.10.2005: Bolts
This is what happens when you run your car with worn stanchion arm bushings and rusted spring sleeves. The bolt looks like someone chewed on it. A new bolt is pictured below.

Stanchion arm bushing replacement on a 1996 Saab 900SE turbo. The old worn out bushings are being replaced with upgraded polyurethane bushings made by Powerflex.

It is not totally necessary to pull the driveshaft or disconnect the control arms. You can even deal with the bushings right on the car, but the room would be rather tight.

Tools and supplies:

  • 32 mm (1¼") socket: hub centre nut;
  • 24 mm wrench and socket: stanchion arm to control arm bolts (for Taliaferro bushings);
  • 17 mm socket: wheel bolts;
  • 16 mm socket: stanchion arm to subframe bolts;
  • 15 mm socket: control arm to subframe bolts;
  • 13 mm socket: lower sway bar link nut;
  • 11 mm open wrench: upper part of sway bar link;
  • 10 mm Allen key: caliper bolts;
  • 5 mm Allen key: rotor index screw;
  • Torx T55 socket: stanchion arm to control arm bolts (for stock bushings);
  • gear puller and a hacksaw (for old bushing removal);
  • torque wrench;
  • car jack and axle stands;
  • breaker bar.


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