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Old 08-26-2007, 08:03 PM   #1
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Sad Swaybar/Control arm Bushings Question

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our 2005 ion has 50,000kms(canada) on it.
just had the provincial safty inspection done by saturn.
we needed to replace the control arm bushings,and swaybar bushings(4 total).
this is the third time in 2 years that we have needed either individual or sets of these replaced.so far they have all been under warranty.
1st time at 10,000kms 2 replaced.
2nd time at 22,000kms 2 replaced.
3rd time 50,000 kms 4 replaced.
our warranty runs out in 10,000kms and i am really worried as this seems to be an ongoing problem with our ion.this could be a substantial yearly expense.
our 2005 cavalier has 73,000kms on it and has never had any suspension parts replaced(or any parts(except tires/brakes) for that matter).
both are driven over the exact same road(paved) daily.
my questions are:
are these expensive to replace out of warranty?swaybar or control arm?
is there an updated part the has better wear characteristics available?

after a search of the forums,i see this was a problem with 2003/2004 but they were supposed to have an updated part that wears better on the 2005 models,is this true?
thanks as always
jeff

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Old 08-26-2007, 09:07 PM   #2
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Default Re: Swaybar/Control arm Bushings Question

Hey Jeff,

I owned a 2004 Ion 2 sedan and now have a 2006 Ion 3 sedan. Sometime in 2005, the plastic bushings in the older models were replaced with metal ones. I had them swapped out 3x on the 2004, so far I've only heard them once squeak once in this car (when it was below 0 C outside) and they've not had to be replaced. I have approximately 38,000 kms on the car at the moment.

You should check into whether the metal parts can be retrofitted to your car. That should save you time and money if you plan on keeping this car for a while.

Hopefully others more technically oriented can provide you with more information.

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Old 08-27-2007, 01:40 AM   #3
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you could also just get replacement ones from autozone.com for like $10-$30.
there very simple to remove and replace.
just be sure that you use the proper lube or they will make weird sounds.....

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Old 08-27-2007, 08:34 AM   #4
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if you're going to all this trouble, just get a redline front sway and those bushings. they've treated me just fine, plus you'll get more responsive cornering out of the car.

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Old 08-27-2007, 01:28 PM   #5
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if you're going to all this trouble, just get a redline front sway and those bushings. they've treated me just fine, plus you'll get more responsive cornering out of the car.
You think that would that cure the massive understeer I have on my sedan? I have 15'' Lightweight drag wheels, Monroe Sensatrac strut/shocks, Springtech Springs, and Progress 22mm RSB. She handles great but my lord if I dont feel like I have to turn the wheel excessively to get her to go where I want.

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