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Old 11-12-2008, 12:00 PM   #1
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Question Shocks or control arms?

So lately I've noticed my ride isn't as smooth as it once was. I'm running at just shy of 135,000 miles. I know that these cars tend to have issues with the front control arms going bad, so I'm wondering if that's not the problem. My question is, if you had to replace one before the other, would you invest in new shocks/suspension, or go for replacing the control arms and bushings? Let me know what you professionals out there think. I'm really just looking for some insightful suggestions. Thanks guys and gals!
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Old 11-12-2008, 12:02 PM   #2
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So lately I've noticed my ride isn't as smooth as it once was. I'm running at just shy of 135,000 miles. I know that these cars tend to have issues with the front control arms going bad, so I'm wondering if that's not the problem. My question is, if you had to replace one before the other, would you invest in new shocks/suspension, or go for replacing the control arms and bushings? Let me know what you professionals out there think. I'm really just looking for some insightful suggestions. Thanks guys and gals!
It sounds like your shocks are bad. Are these the original shocks? The control arms would affect the alignment more than the ride.
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Old 11-12-2008, 12:27 PM   #3
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So lately I've noticed my ride isn't as smooth as it once was. I'm running at just shy of 135,000 miles. I know that these cars tend to have issues with the front control arms going bad, so I'm wondering if that's not the problem. My question is, if you had to replace one before the other, would you invest in new shocks/suspension, or go for replacing the control arms and bushings? Let me know what you professionals out there think. I'm really just looking for some insightful suggestions. Thanks guys and gals!
I recommend you invest in having a tech take a look at your suspension, get a proper diagnosis, and then, if you have DIY-skills, do the repairs yourself. Guesswork and throwing parts at your car, hoping it will resolve the issue, is just a waste of time and money.
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Old 11-12-2008, 03:39 PM   #4
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It's your shocks that are worn. Replace those then take care of the control arms & bushings next.
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Old 11-13-2008, 11:44 PM   #5
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Old 11-14-2008, 03:10 PM   #6
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It sounds like your shocks are gone. If you are looking to regain the comfortable ride you used to have, go with Koni FSD shocks. Not only are they comfortable, but they will also improve the handling performance of your car. Let me know if I can help you out with a set. Once you replace your shocks, then see if you still need to replace the bushings and control arms.

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thanks everyone for your input! much appreciated!
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