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Old 04-25-2009, 06:02 PM   #1
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Default replacing lower control arm bushings

Hey, my 07 ion-2 with 48,000 miles clunks over bumps and holes. I took it to get a oil change at Saturn any they said it need lower control arm bushings for 420 plus tax! ouch!

Can a reasonably able person (me) replace then? Would I need special tools, or lifts? I went to both advance auto and auto zone, both couldn't help me, parts not available! but i did find them on a web site for 17.00!


Thanks for any advice!

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Old 04-25-2009, 07:05 PM   #2
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Default Re: replacing lower control arm bushings

Welcome to the Board.

The front lower control arm rear bushings?

420$ is pricey. Should be about 1.5 to 2.0 hours flat rate labour plus the parts.

Surprsied that they failed on an 07. To this you need to remove the control arm from the frame and ideally from the steering knuckle. If you have the special tools to press the bushing out and in you could leave the control arm on the knuckle. For the time and trouble to remove it is not realy worth it to not do so.
There is a special tool to press the bushings out and in. Getting them out is not relay that hard. A hammer and punch/chisel will get them out. Installing is a different story. It takes a bit of care to get them into the control arm properly with the special tool. That said I have seem them hammered in. Not a method I would use but....

The other way would be to get the bushings, remove the control arms and then take them to a shop and pay them to replace them.

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Old 04-25-2009, 07:31 PM   #3
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Hey, my 07 ion-2 with 48,000 miles clunks over bumps and holes. I took it to get a oil change at Saturn any they said it need lower control arm bushings for 420 plus tax! ouch!

Can a reasonably able person (me) replace then? Would I need special tools, or lifts? I went to both advance auto and auto zone, both couldn't help me, parts not available! but i did find them on a web site for 17.00!


Thanks for any advice!

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You must have some serious pot holes, or craters, where you live to damage these bushings. Typically they're good for the life of the car...

ssicarman gave you great advice, take them off and to a shop to have the new bushings pressed into place...

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Old 04-25-2009, 09:47 PM   #4
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Default Re: replacing lower control arm bushings

Thanks! I'm gona shop around for a better price then. If it's still out of reach, I'll order them and do as you suggest by taking the parts to a shop!

Very big potholes indeed. The winter was very hard on our roads, and I fell into several monsters. Never expected bad suspension parts this early, kinda disappointed but what can I do.


Glad I found this site! I've been reading quite a bit and learning. lots of cool people and advice!


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Old 04-26-2009, 10:37 AM   #5
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i agree with the other posters. take control arm off and take arm and new bushings to a local shop to have them pressed in.

I did this repair last week, it was a total of 4 bolts to remove and then 10 Canadian dollars for a local shop to press in the bushings on 2 control arms.

I've scanned the instructions from the shop manual and added the torque specs for re tightening

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Old 04-26-2009, 10:47 AM   #6
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as well here is a guide about removing old bushing and pressing in yourself. i spent several hours trying to press it in my self using a variety of methods and couldn't get it to press in, that's when i took it to a shop

http://forums.tdiclub.com/showthread.php?t=154137

this guide is for a different car and they have the front bushings available aswell (two red colored poly bushings) apparently we can't replace these front bushing, no part avaiable, so ignor the the section regarding the front bushings

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Old 04-26-2009, 07:30 PM   #7
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Is there anything anybody can do to make does last longer!

Mine was 30 000 Km and the left sides was gone. Got it fix, now 38 000 Kms and the right side one is gone.

Is it gonna be like this every 30 000 kms?? Is there better quality control arm bushings that could last a lot longer?? I know it might be with the roads but MAN this car ever discourages me!

Picture of a good lower control arm bushing.

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Picture of a bad lower control arm bushing.

http://i162.photobucket.com/albums/t...n/DSCF1730.jpg

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Old 04-26-2009, 07:40 PM   #8
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we need someone to make direct replacement poly bushings for the sway bar, endlinks, and control arms, until then, just replace them with rubber OEM or OEM replacement.

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Old 04-26-2009, 07:47 PM   #9
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Default Re: replacing lower control arm bushings

Of course, many parts stores will loan you the bushing tool for free. Then you can do it all yourself.

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Old 04-26-2009, 07:49 PM   #10
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Correct me if I'm wrong.

If I understand this correctly, until a aftermarket companies decides to manufacture some lower control arm bushing we are going to keep a couple handy at all time and change them every 30 000 Kms!

What your saying as well is, that its possible to make better quality control arm bushing that will last a lot longer then the OEM ones they currently make? The composition would be of different materials.

Cause man the car drives so bad when they go out. It affects when you release the clutch, when you stir left or right on the wheels!

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Old 04-26-2009, 09:14 PM   #11
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sort of, you shouldn't get failure every 30000 kms, but the old ones had known issues, and that has been fixed.

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Old 04-26-2009, 09:16 PM   #12
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What you mean is the ones that comes on the car originally had tendency to be bad. The new replacement parts should last longer?

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Old 04-27-2009, 12:00 AM   #13
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yes, there was a TSB on it.

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Old 04-27-2009, 05:28 PM   #14
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That bushing really sells for just $17 US??

I called local Saturn Dealer today is the 27 th of April.

They can't take my car for service before the 16 th of May unless they get a cancelation!!!!!

Oh God please help me! Anybody have suggestions other then wait? The car is on warranty but still that is almost 3 weeks from now!

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Old 04-27-2009, 05:36 PM   #15
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Anybody found a website where we can buy some the lower control arm bushings?

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Old 04-28-2009, 11:12 AM   #16
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i think i paid $22 canadian for one bushing from the dealer.

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I called an other Saturn Dealer today... they are located 2h away from my current one, but they will take me on the 6 th of May instead of the 19 th of May!! THats a big 2 weeks earlier! Thumbs up Fredericton Saturn! :P

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Old 05-23-2009, 07:04 PM   #18
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I also have an 07. Passenger side lower control arm bushings failed at approx 15k miles. They were replaced under warranty. Yes, I live in Detroit area, where the streets have more craters than the moon.

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Old 09-27-2009, 07:24 AM   #19
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Detroit craters strike again...37K miles and one has gone out again...this is gonna get old.

Poly control arm bushings? I don't know anything about them, but I read about these on another site. Pricey, but if they work... Anyone know about them?

(This site won't let a newbie post to other sites... so I have to spell it out rather than link)
go to jbodyperformance dot com
under cobalt/redline
then suspension
then polyurathane

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Old 09-27-2009, 08:35 AM   #20
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first, you just got out of warranty, I would call saturn customer assistance and see if they will replace them again. especially if they only replaced one before and the other one failed. in green bay they only charge 230, weird how a detroit dealership can get away with charging double. the parts are only $30 from GM

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