How many bushings do I need to replace for the leaf spring on this model? Are these all the same size?
I am asking this as I was asked to replace these during state periodic inspection.
Answer Hi Shafique,
The '98 and '02 manuals show a single bushing at the front of each leaf spring, no bushing at the rear. There is a difference in the design of the bushing between those two model years, and also a difference therefor in the special tools needed to remove and install the bushing. So I would check with a dealer parts counter to determine which bushing type you need for your '99 model year.
It may be that the most economical thing to do is for you to remove the springs but have the dealer replace the bushings as the cost of the special tools may be greater than the labor cost. Then you can reinstall the springs without any special tools. Let me know which type of bushing you have (like the '98 or like the '02), then I can tell you the part numbers of the special tools that you would need. If you don't have a manual I can photo copy the pages and postal mail them to you. But determine which bushing type you have.
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