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Old 10-16-2011, 05:28 PM   #1
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Estimated shop time to replace Control Arm Bushings...

How many hours should it take for an experienced independant shop that works on Bimmers regularly, to replace the CAB's? Want to make sure that I get a fair & reasonable quote.... I am going to supply the CAB's
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Old 10-16-2011, 05:32 PM   #2
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they will charge u 2 hours even though u can do it in 20 mins
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Old 10-16-2011, 05:38 PM   #3
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We did mine today and it took from 10am to around 1pm to replace the control arms, bushings and sway bar end links.

With just the bushings it may take about 2 hours or less.
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Old 10-16-2011, 06:21 PM   #4
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Thanks for the replies.... Delmarco, you're my hero! Don't think I would attempt this, as you must have to get the car up off the ground quite a bit.. I think I'll have this job done.... Thanks again.
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Old 10-16-2011, 06:24 PM   #5
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To change the CA Bushings only is about 30 minutes for a shop with a lift. I have done mine twice.
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Old 10-16-2011, 07:28 PM   #6
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thanks for that, BMWcaptain....
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Old 10-16-2011, 07:33 PM   #7
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Shops like RMP and such (in the GTA) would only need 15 minutes to do the car once its up on the hoist.

But you should expect to pay 1.5 to 2 hours labor depending on which shop you take it.

So where are you taking it ? stance F or else where?
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We did mine today and it took from 10am to around 1pm to replace the control arms, bushings and sway bar end links.

With just the bushings it may take about 2 hours or less.
Just bushings, a half an hour is reasonable time. When I helped Enoc do his e36 bushings, that was about how long it took...with pressing the bushings into the lollipop too.

It took a while today, you know, because you were doing a lot of it yourself and hadn't done it before. Some interesting challenges though, right?

I love working on cars, but I have to say, it's a lot nicer working on others' cars than my own!

Also, btw, folks, I have to say that if you price shop for work, rather than shop shop, you'll probably end up spending a lot more in the long run.

Find a shop you trust, show them trust and you'll get it back. Also they like appreciation, espresso, and donuts!
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Old 10-16-2011, 10:54 PM   #10
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Doesn't matter how long it actually takes them. They will charge you book rate. Deal with it.

If you want to do it in less time and for less cost, buy the tools and a shop manual and do it yourself.

Sorry, that's blunt, but it's also reality.
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doesn't matter how long it actually takes them. They will charge you book rate. Deal with it.

If you want to do it in less time and for less cost, buy the tools and a shop manual and do it yourself.

Sorry, that's blunt, but it's also reality.
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Like others said, maybe 40 mins., but expect to pay one hour of shop labor.
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Old 10-17-2011, 12:43 AM   #13
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How many hours should it take for an experienced independant shop that works on Bimmers regularly, to replace the CAB's? Want to make sure that I get a fair & reasonable quote.... I am going to supply the CAB's
I did it under an hour on $30 canadian tire ramps. Its pretty simple.
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