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Old 01-21-2013, 05:46 PM   #1 (permalink)
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Default LCA bushing trouble

So I installed the prothane LCA bushings in the front with a little bit of trouble but got them on with the help of some fellow forum members on here. After about 50 miles I went to check them like the instructions say and this is what I find..

LCAbushing_zps1d76e1b1.jpg photo by moyeah58 | Photobucket
LCAbushing2_zps1d0e61fb.jpg photo by moyeah58 | Photobucket

They did not look like this when i installed them. Also, I did not have a torque wrench when I snugged the bolts up however I do not feel that I overtightened them. Its like there not sitting in there straight or something.
Any help please!?
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Is your car parked at an incline or anything?
Make sure the bolt is still going all the way through and retorque...go to autozone they will rent you one ....

From the service manual:
Tigten the lower control arm rear pivot (and suspension crossmemeber) bolt to a torque of 175 ft lbs then tighten the lower control arm front pivot bolt to a torque of 120 ft lbs.....
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Car was not parked at an incline. However I did tighten the front bushings before I tightened the rear.

Ok I plan on getting a torque wrench to tighten them.

Also I took this picture after i loostened them slightly. They did not look as squished after I loosened them but still do not look flush
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Default OH no - somethings wrong

What on Earth could have happened with the install?
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Default What do you recall.

We discussed the install at great length on the phone. Didn't seem like anything was going wroing, except a little heft with the steering knuckle.

What do you estimate to be the problem here? I'm baffled.
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Over tightened? Don't know thought it was clear sailing after I got them into the knuckle. Rides nice, just looks wrong.
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Just to confirm from top to bottom-metal insert, top bushing, LCA, then bottem bushing is the correct order correct?

Thanks for all your help by the way.

Could it matter that I originally tightened them with a jack under the LCA so that the LCAs were not all the way down?
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Default sequence was right

You press out the larger rear posiotn per my YOUtube video - and you got this right -- I can tell

What exactly did you do with the jack? Are you saying the weight of the car wasn't loading the c-arm when you tightened the bolts?
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I dont quite see the issue. They look just like mine after 2years of driving. Except they are a bit cleaner. Yes, the one seems as though it is tweeked downward a little but it has the weight of the knuckle on it + coil spring pressue.
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Is it possible that you actually under-tightened them? I did mine myself amid great struggle and found out later at the alignment shop (yes, you will need an alignment) that I actually did not tighten them down enough. You're supposed to re-torque them after driving a few miles or any hard driving you do anyway. I would suggest checking that out first; torque specs are in the how-to.
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Quote: Originally Posted by ValleyRacer View Post
You press out the larger rear posiotn per my YOUtube video - and you got this right -- I can tell

What exactly did you do with the jack? Are you saying the weight of the car wasn't loading the c-arm when you tightened the bolts?

Its possible. I placed a jack under the LCA to help me align the rear bushing in the bracket. The reason I did this was that the bushing was at a pretty severe angle making it difficult to get the bolt aligned.
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I dont quite see the issue. They look just like mine after 2years of driving. Except they are a bit cleaner. Yes, the one seems as though it is tweeked downward a little but it has the weight of the knuckle on it + coil spring pressue.

I didnt think they were suppposed to bulge that much
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Quote: Originally Posted by intshadeofblue View Post
Is it possible that you actually under-tightened them? I did mine myself amid great struggle and found out later at the alignment shop (yes, you will need an alignment) that I actually did not tighten them down enough. You're supposed to re-torque them after driving a few miles or any hard driving you do anyway. I would suggest checking that out first; torque specs are in the how-to.

Guess its possible but the more I tighten them the more they bulge.

Sorry about the multiple posts guys how do you put multiple quotes in one reply?
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Default I'll photograph mine

Mine have been in for a while, now I"m going to photograph them for comparisons.

That bushing shouldn't look like the photo in the top hyperlink in your posting.

Something is amiss.
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