Date registered: May 2017
Vehicle: 2008 E300 4Matic
Location: Vancouver, BC - Canada
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Now comes the not so fun part! Since I did not have the right bushing removal/insertion tool, I ended up damaging the bushing to some degree. The cups I used had thin walls and were not the right size for the job. Each millimeter can make a difference here.
In addition, it seems I did not get the cup pressing the bushing aligned with the new bushing, which in turn was not aligned with the control arm. In addition, pressing the bushing inside its socket required a lot of torque and any movement while doing so would end up having the bushing inserted "unevenly"! Check the pictures.
I ended up using a mallet to get the bushing straight, which ended up bending the outer aluminum shell of the bushing!
In addition, even when starting with the bushing aligned with my mark, when it was pressed, it rotated counter clockwise and the busing's shell opening ended up above my mark!
The end result turned out to be ok, but not what I wanted. Check the last picture below.