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Old 10-15-2013, 04:57 PM   #1
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Need opinions on lower control bushings

Got the wagon 4weeks ago. The front end "clunk" from the bushings is present but not pronounced. I don't beat on it or drive it very hard but need opinions as to whether or not they should be changed soon or if there really isn't any rush. It's only noticeable if I step on the brakes hard and release and repeat, not during regular driving. When they need replacing, I will change not only the bushings but the whole assembly as the car has 100k miles. Advice?
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Old 10-15-2013, 05:02 PM   #2
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not an absolute emergency but i would get to it sooner than later to save tire wear and unnecessary wear/tear on other components
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Old 10-15-2013, 05:06 PM   #3
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Its better you wait then Change the whole assembly and inner ball joints and look if tie rod rubber leaking .. If so replace it...

Thats of course if you want a tight steering.

but before you replace all that, make sure your shocks are not blown or they will cause steering parts like i mention to fail faster.
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Old 10-15-2013, 05:07 PM   #4
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Do lower arm control bushings in good condition, have no play at all? Or do all of them have a little play? Will probably go with OEM when I replace as I don't want the steering to be overly stiff for the wife with urathane bushings.

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Old 10-15-2013, 08:11 PM   #5
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Go ahead and replace the bushings. There is no need to wait until the whole control arm needs replacing. They are bolt on parts and you can still use the replacements if you have to put on a new control arm.

I used the Meyle HDs in my car, but the OEM are great, too. You should have vibration that will be eliminated with new bushings.

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