Replacing Civic Trailing Arm Bushings

Discussion in 'Civic' started by Frank van Hoof, Aug 1, 2003.

  1. I just bought some Prothane trailing arm bushings for my 88 Civic. Has
    anyone on the list done this replacement?
    I thought I read somewhere that you can just 'burn out' the old bushings.
    But, isn't there a metal rim around them like the replacement ones, or are
    they bonded directly to the trailing arm? Or, are the Prothane bushings
    designed to press inside the old rim, and it is supposed to remain intact?

    It looks to be that there is a very very narrow rim around the old bushing,
    but I can't imagine getting a press in there to push it out - how would you
    gain any purchase on that narrow band?

    Any help would be appreciated. I am likely taking this to an auto shop to
    have done, but I'd like to be able to advise them if they aren't sure of
    this stuff too.

    Frank van Hoof, Aug 1, 2003
  2. Frank van Hoof

    Eric Guest

    The old bushings need to be pressed out and the new bushings need to be pressed
    in. There is a service bulletin available for this job. It indicates the need
    to completely remove the trailing arms from the car and use a special drift to
    remove/replace the bushings. I'm not familiar with Prothane bushings. I had
    stock ones installed and not having a hydraulic press available I had a shop do
    it for me. The car will also need a 4 wheel alignment once everything is back

    Eric, Aug 1, 2003
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