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Jeremiah Mahler, ASE Certified Technician
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2002 VW Jetta: my Lower control arm bushings..1.8T..tool

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I am trying to change my Lower control arm bushings on My 2002 VW Jetta 1.8T I wanted to know where I could get the tool or fittings to push the bushings in and out as well as the size of these fittings
Submitted: 7 years ago.
Category: VW
Expert:  Jeremiah Mahler replied 7 years ago.
They rear control arm bushings can be removed with a hacksaw and a hammer by cutting out the rubber, then cutting the metal, then hammering in the metal with a chisel until it falls out.

The front control arm bushings are pressed out and then in using a hydraulic

The rear control arm bushings are installed using a hydraulic press and some large adapters, and plates.
Just make sure they are inserted in the correct orientation.
The R32 solid rubber ones can go in any direction since they have no holes.

You should be able to take it to a dealer or shop and have them
pressed out/in for a nominal fee.
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Customer: replied 7 years ago.
I was able to change my rear ones by manufacturing a homemade pressing tool. I have found adapters at Snapon but do not know which sizes to get. I have the hydraulic press I just need the adaptors
Expert:  Jeremiah Mahler replied 7 years ago.
To get the rear ones in you could use some press plates on the bottom and some
plates steel with a large socket on the top. The idea is to press them in
square on the outer edges without pushing on the center.

Save your SnapOn money for something cool like those locking 3/8 extensions.