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26.09.2007: Ball joint nut
Undo the ball joint nut, pull the bolt and remove the ball joint out of its socket. Alternatively, unscrew the ball joint from the control arm (there won't be enough clearance to remove these bolts until the arm is detached from the subframe though).

Lower control arm removal and bushing replacement on a Saab 9-5. The original bushings were worn and cracked, the hydraulic rear bushings went dry and lost most of the oil, so a fresh set was needed.

Saab sells replacement rear bushings as a complete assembly with a new aluminium housing, but we're installing a polyurethane insert, so the old bushing needs to be pressed out of the housing. A hydraulic press should greatly speed up the rear bushing removal, but since it's not a common household appliance, we will be using a hacksaw and a gear puller.


  • 18 mm socket: rear bushing retainer nut, ball joint nut (optional);
  • 17 mm socket: wheel bolts;
  • 15 mm socket: control arm bolts;
  • 13 mm socket: ball joint screws (optional);
  • 8 mm socket: plastic shield screws;
  • torque wrench;
  • car jack and axle stands;
  • breaker bar;
  • gear puller;
  • hacksaw;
  • hammer and rubber mallet.


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