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The title says it all. I bought a set of boxed rear lower control arms from someone off the forum. They are a little rusty, but its not the end of the world. I didn't really think about it, but he left the old bushings in there and I'm putting all new in. I have this neat C-clamp (ball joint press) tool rented from an auto parts store. I thought that would make the job of pressing them out fairly straight forward. Basically it has a pipe that fits over one end of the bushing and the C-clamp reachs over and presses the other side out. Well I had it attached to my bench vise and I was really putting the sqeeze on. I heard a big pop. I looked down and I noticed a gap between the bushing and control arm.......... I thought I was pressing it out slowly. I kept putting the torque to it then it popped again. I noticed about a 1/8 inch gap. I thought I was getting somewhere. I then noticed the other side of the bushing didn't appear to move in respect to the control arm. I took the clamp off to inspect. Holly crap, I was bending one ear of the control arm down the bushing while the other remained stuck. Any good ideas? Should I be able to rebend this ear without a major hassle? I don't have an air chisel.