How To Replace Bushings On Your Subaru

Hiring a shop to replace the bushings on your Subaru isn’t going to be cheap. You’ll save a nice chunk of cash if you perform the job yourself. Do you have bad control arm bushings on your Subaru? If so, we’ll show you how to replace them right in your garage.

How To Get OEM Replacement Bushings At Wholesale Pricing

New Subaru OEM Bushings

You'll not only save money on labor by doing it yourself. You'll also save money on replacement bushings. Often times, shops (especially dealerships) will make you pay inflated prices for replacement parts.

If you replace the bushings yourself, you'll be able to source the replacement parts on your own. It's actually so much easier than it sounds. You can order OEM replacement parts online, including bushings. As authorized sellers of genuine OEM Subaru parts, we carry a large selection of bushings. In fact, we offer wholesale pricing on all parts. You'll save some money if you order from us. For example, this bushing for 1992-2007 Impreza and SVX models usually costs about $6.50 at dealerships. You can get it from us for just over $4.

If your control arms aren't in good shape, you may want to consider replacing them too. In that case, you don't have to order bushings. You just need to order replacement control arms. They come with bushings and ball joints already built in.

Before you roll up and start the bushing replacement process, be sure to order the replacement parts from us. We offer fast shipping, so you'll get your new bushings in no time.

The Tools You'll Need To Complete This Job

When you have your new bushings, gather together all the tools you'll need for the job. It's important to mention that we based this tutorial on 2005-2009 Outbacks. So the set of tools and/or instructions may vary a bit if you have a different model.

  • 14mm-19mm sockets
  • Ratchet and extension
  • 14mm wrench
  • 17mm wrench
  • Pry bar
  • Hammer
  • Jack and jack stands
  • Breaker bar
  • Torque wrench
  • Control arm bushing clamp

The Bushing Replacement Process

Subaru Control Arm Bushing On Car

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Take these steps to replace the bushings on your 2005-2009 Subaru Outback. If you have another Subaru model, consider these steps as a general guide. Keep in mind that the steps may vary a bit.

  1. Jack up the front end of your Subaru, and then prop it up with jack stands.
  2. Remove the front tires.
  3. Disconnect the sway bar links.
  4. Remove the pinch bolt right underneath the CV boot (the part that looks like a rubber accordion).
  5. Take out the control arm bolts.
  6. Loosen up the control arm bracket. It has 3 nuts holding it in place. Remove these nuts.
  7. Pry away the sway bar links from the control arm. Do this carefully. Once the stud is out of the control arm bracket, the links will come out.
  8. Knock loose the ball joint from the knuckle/spindle, and then remove the control arm.
  9. With the control arm bushing clamp, push out the old bushing.
  10. Use the control arm bushing clamp to push the new bushing into the control arm.
  11. Put everything back together in the reverse order of removal.
  12. Repeat on the other side of the axle if necessary.

Do you have any questions about the control arm bushing replacement process? Or do you need help finding the right bushings for your Subaru model? Feel free to reach out to us!