Do you want to learn how to remove leaf spring eye bushing? Leaf spring eye bushings add suspension durability and performance to a vehicle. Removing a faulty one can be a daunting task, if you lack the know-how and the right tools. However, it could be a breeze if you take time to learn how. Leaf spring eye bushings primarily helps to isolate vehicles from road bumps and vibrations and they are made from synthetic rubber like polyurethane. A damaged leaf spring eye bushing can be removed following some steps.
- Park the vehicle on a flat surface and jack it up. Ensure the tires are completely not touching the ground and it’s stable and safe before attempting to work on it.
- Disengage leaf springs. Go under the vehicle and using a wrench remove the lower nut of each rear shock absorber. Then find the leaf spring bracket and loose all the nuts securing it in place using socket and wrenches and move the nuts and brackets to a safe place. Lower the vehicle on each side to disengage leaf Springs from the axle while positioning the jack stand before starting to lower the vehicle to prevent the car coming down too fast.
Remove Leaf Spring. Remove the leaf spring by loosening the upper and lower rear bushing nuts, this exposes the outer shackle plate making it easy to remove. Slide it from position and keep it in a safe place then locate the lower bushing and remove it also. Carefully remove the exposed leaf spring from its mounting surface and place it on the floor using a mallet or hammer tap gently on the shackle bracket from the upper eye mounted on the frame until it becomes loose. Push it out gently, using a hack saw make a cut through the left eye of the leaf spring to cut through the outer shell and rubber bushing. Keep at it until the outer shell comes out, then use a knife or rod to pull out the former bushing.
- Check the surface for rust, tear, damage and wear. Sandpaper it to remove corrosion or rust off the inside eye of each leaf spring. Clean the brackets while lubricating the outside of the bushings, the new inner shell and pins.