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26.09.2007: Attached
Connect the control arm to the subframe. Slide the bolts in, but do not tighten them yet. Tighten three small ball joint bolts to 22 ft-lbs (if applicable).

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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