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My daughter and I were trying to remove some suspension bushings on her Mini Cooper. The tool I bought should have been able to remove them with the bushing bracket in the car.


But the back of the puller went sideways and bent the threaded rod. I think this was because of the twisting force on the rod let things get mis-aligned and I didn’t see it until it was too late.

Would an old hydraulic throw out bearing have enough force to move a stuck suspension bushing if it was used in a puller assembly?

I can adapt it for use on my Porta-Power, and that would be better than cranking on it with a wrench.

One last note, I pulled the bracket out and put it in a 12 ton hydraulic press. It was hard to move even then.

Thoughts?
 

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If you search "mini front control arm bushing" on YouTube there are several videos covering this job that may help e.g.
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but it does look like one of those jobs that make you think about trading the car for something easier to work on.
 
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