How to Replace the Control Arm Bushing on a 2002 Pontiac Grand Am
- 1). Raise the front of the vehicle with a vehicle jack. Place jack stands under the frame rails on each side of the vehicle to secure it while changing the control arm bushing.
- 2). Remove the lug nuts with a socket wrench. Pull the tire off of the wheel studs.
- 3). Disconnect the stabilizer bar from the control arm, unscrewing the retaining bolt with a socket wrench.
- 4). Remove the cotter pin on the end of the balljoint with pliers. Loosen the nut on the end of the balljoint stud. Attach a balljoint separator to the balljoint and detach the balljoint from the steering knuckle.
- 5). Remove the nut from the end of the balljoint stud. Push the balljoint stud through the end of the steering knuckle.
- 6). Remove the front control arm pivot bolt and rear vertical bushing bolt with a socket wrench. Pull the control arm from the vehicle.
- 7). Press out the old bushing with a hydraulic press. Press in the new bushing with a hydraulic press. If a hydraulic press isn't accessible, take the control arm and new bushing to a machine shop. Most machine shops can replace the bushings for a small fee.
- 8). Place the control arm in position and install the front control arm pivot bolt and rear vertical bushing bolt with a torque wrench. Tighten the front control arm bolt to 50 foot-pounds and the rear vertical bushing bolt to 78 foot-pounds.
- 9). Push the balljoint stud through the steering knuckle. Install the retaining nut on the end of the balljoint stud with a torque wrench, tightening the bolts to 41 foot-pounds. Push the cotter pin into the hole near the end of the balljoint stud.
Attach the stabilizer bar to the control arm, installing the retaining bolt with a torque wrench. Tighten the bolt to 49 foot-pounds.
Place the tire back onto the wheel studs. Tighten the lug nuts with a torque wrench to 100 foot-pounds.
Remove the jack stands from under the vehicle. Lower the vehicle with the vehicle jack.