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EA82 worn control arm bushings?
Posted 18 June 2005 - 12:56 AM
I belive both fronts are doing this though I only witnessed the passenger side.
What they say is wrong:
The rubber bushings that hold the rods that go up to the suspension arm are shot. I think they are called the control rod bushings?
The bushings ARE original and have nearly 320K on them
Now: I am parting out a FWD sedan on Sunday hopefully. Would I be best to grab the low mileage used bushings off that to save costs or should I buy some new poly bushings? Or just leave it and part out the car instead of sell it in afew months?
Keep in mind this is a $750 car at best when selling time comes, but I really love it and dont wanna see it scrapped. I'd rather let someone else enjoy it and see it hit 400K. Are used bushings going to be decent are they just going to fall apart? From a cost point the used ones would be nice, but if they go out in a year then they may not be worth it and then the buyer would be stuck with re-doing the suspension.
Posted 18 June 2005 - 03:07 AM
I think you should price new ones, they should be quite cheap. If they are too dear, second hand ones will probably be ok, as long the donor car hasn't done too many kms.
When you have it off, check the thread on the rod, they can get damaged. If they are damaged the nut can feel as if its tight when its not.
If you decide to buy new ones, rest assured that you will notice a huge difference in how the car drives with them. Loose leading rod bushings make for a horrible drive.
Posted 18 June 2005 - 03:21 AM
Ya my car HATES to drive straight and I get all kinds of wheel scrub type tire wear... 70,000 mile tires tend to last like 40K if that on the right front as that bushing seems to be the worst.
I will price new ones... though I may grab them off the parts car just in case they cost an arm and a leg.
I get all sorts of fun knocking noises off the front suspension when I pull out of driveways or go over speed bumps. I think driving on the dilapadated (sp?) roads of Milwaukie Oregon for 100 miles per day is taking its toll
Posted 18 June 2005 - 07:58 PM
Posted 19 June 2005 - 12:19 AM
Posted 19 June 2005 - 12:28 PM
hoped that made sense..doesn't take long if your not figuring out your rump roast from your elbow lol
Posted 19 June 2005 - 02:41 PM
Posted 19 June 2005 - 04:33 PM
Virtually every car with a "modified MacPherson" suspension uses them. My Datsun goes through a set every few years. Just too much rubber and too much abuse heaped upon them. The Legacy went with a different system for a reason.
Posted 19 June 2005 - 06:33 PM
SuperPro offers a set of poly bushings....but they have to be made and its about a 1~1.5 month wati for those...they are not that expensive...search for my previous threads and you'll find a price.
OE SUBARU ones will likely last another 100k+ in a 'normal' climate...more so in a wet-no salt climate. The hot dry or salty areas eat them up and dry them out more so than other areas.
A low mileage takeoff from a car in the area would fix the problem for now.
R&I of the arm is easy.
1 nut on the rod, then two nuts/bolts on the control arm holding the rod on.
Posted 20 June 2005 - 12:09 AM
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