Sunday, October 6, 2013

How to Replace A Rear Trailing Arm Bushing

How to replace the rear trailing arm bushing in a 1994-2001 Acura Integra, 1988-2000 Honda Civic, 1988-1991 Honda CRX, and 1992-1997 Honda Del Sol. The rear trailing arm bushings isolate and reduce road shock and vibration, and help absorb axial and radial movement of the suspension. The bushing can crack and harden over time, as well as break, and will eventually need to be replaced.

The following video shows replacement of the trailing arm bushing in a 1999 Acura Integra GS. This procedure will be nearly the same for all models listed above.

The two necessary items to replace the bushing as shown in the video are trailing arm bushings, and a Schley tools bushing extractor. Though the bushing extractor is fairly prices, I've heard of shops charging as much as $800 for the bushing install, making it well worth the price in my opinion. The tool worked great, my only concern is with the bushings themselves. Make sure to measure the bushings when they arrive, and check the outer diameter. If the diameter is greater than 3.17" I wouldn't even attempt to install them, return them and order another set.
For more tool links which may be required, such as a jack, jack stands, sockets, etc, check out my tool page.

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