Join Date: Nov 2000
Location: Canton GA/Poway CA
You talking upper or lower?
Lower can be removed with a properly-sized hammer/sledge, applied at the correct angle on the INNER lip of the bushing shell. The control arm is placed on it's side on a suitable supporting surface--work bench, large block of wood, etc, with the bushing "cantilevered" over the edge/end of whatever surface you're using--so there's room under the arm for the shell to move out of position. Hold the arm with one hand, and strike the bushing shell correctly and it will pop loose from the arm with no other effort.
TRUST ME, I've done enough of these.
Yes, corrosion and age can be issues.....and unless you're talking about uppers, that's how I have done it for quite a long time--and successfully. It is NOT how the book says to do it, I will admit....and the proper way to install new bushings is still using a press/tool of one type or another.
Uppers are more involved, so please say which you're having problems with.