idler arm bushings

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walterf
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idler arm bushings

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Post by walterf » 11 Jul 2018, 18:42

1973 XR-7 with power steering. Complete idler arm replacement for power steering equipped car seems impossible to find. I ordered [supposed] OEM bushings. If past experience with bushing replacement serves me, I guess I'll need a machine shop to press out old ones and install new ones. Bottom of the chassis side has grease fitting and appears solid. Will bushings come out, go in?

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Post by Royce » 12 Jul 2018, 12:32

The bushings are easy to replace. Any machine shop or Pep Boys can do it if you do not have access to a hydraulic press.
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Post by walterf » 16 Jul 2018, 11:41

I got hold of the 1973 Ford Service Manual and it states, "If the idler arm bushings are worn the complete idler arm assembly must be replaced."

I found an idler arm assembly that looks identical at mustangsamerica.com for $69.99. I let y'all know how it fits in a week or so. Thanks to all.

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Post by walterf » 23 Jul 2018, 09:20

Did not work. Part MA15052 frame holes too close. Also, idler arm would have been offset by about an inch. I wound up with a $70 cotter pin. I'll eat the cost since it was advertised for a 1973 Mustang with power steering. The only good news is that the original idler arm was not in bad shape after cleaning up the grease overflow.

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Post by waterlife » 23 Jul 2018, 11:11

Shouldn't the part be identical for the mustang and cougar?
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