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26.09.2007: Control arm bolts
Undo three bolts holding the control arm to the subframe. One is at the front of the arm, and two more hold the aluminium housing of the big rear bushing. It might also be a good idea to slacken the rear bushing retainer nut - you have more leverage while it's still on the car.

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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