|06-06-2007, 10:51 AM||#1 (permalink)|
BenzWorld Junior Member
Date registered: May 2007
Replace Lower Control Arm or Bushings?
My stealer told me I need to replace the lower control arm bushings. Says the $1,026 will make my ride smoother.
So in labor costs, would I be better off replacing the lower control arm or going to all the effort to knock out the bushing in the existing arm.
This remove/replace seems a less costly (cheaper) way to go.
I am assuming that a new lower control arm has the bushing made part of it. True or not true?
|06-06-2007, 11:09 AM||#2 (permalink)|
Date registered: Apr 2005
Vehicle: 1995 S500
Location: Toronto, Canada
My lower control arms was snapping, the metal part so I had to replace it. My mech welded it so I can drive for a week until he got the part. Total cost was $600 CAD. If the control arms are not snapped then you can go ahead and change the bushings although I don't think the dealer will do that due to safety regulations.
|06-06-2007, 11:33 AM||#3 (permalink)|
Date registered: Jul 2006
Location: San Jose, CA
thats a lot of cash...probably a little less than what the benz is worth itself. I would go to another shop. Stealers are ridiculous, unless you have been in an accident and its the other guys fault
|06-06-2007, 12:26 PM||#5 (permalink)|
Date registered: Dec 2002
Vehicle: 92 500SEL to 01 E320T and others
Are the bushings bad? Why are you replacing them? There is a special tool to install them since they are hydraulic. I had mine done along with sway bar links, alignment, and steering damper at MB for less than $1,000. Did it make a difference, I dont know, the inherent vibration still occurs! It was a 6hr job!
BTW, the bushings are close to $100 for each side. I cant immagine what a whole control arm would be.
Last edited by Peter Guenther; 06-06-2007 at 12:30 PM.
|06-06-2007, 12:29 PM||#6 (permalink)|
Date registered: Apr 2007
Vehicle: 1995 Silver S-320
Location: New Jersey
went to the good old bill's to check something...i had to change the 2 rear bushings for the control arms. Parts cost $84, after labor it came out to about $214 ($80/h labor). Based on that if you can find out how much the parts for the control arm will cost just figure out labor/h and you'll know your price. (obviously depending on what shop you go to will change the price the most w/ labor rates)
|06-06-2007, 01:43 PM||#7 (permalink)|
Date registered: Nov 2006
Vehicle: '93 600 SEL
Stay away from the dealer, chooose a good busy firm near some euro car dealers
|06-07-2007, 10:12 AM||#8 (permalink)|
BenzWorld Senior Member
Date registered: Oct 2006
Vehicle: S600 C140 1994
Look here: http://www.benzworld.org/forums/w140...-bushings.html
|06-07-2007, 04:09 PM||#9 (permalink)|
Date registered: Dec 2005
Vehicle: 1993 300SEL (Sold) 2001 530i
Location: Auckland, New Zealand
|06-07-2007, 06:37 PM||#10 (permalink)|
Date registered: Dec 2006
Vehicle: 1993 Mercedes-Benz 300SE & 1998 Mercedes-Benz C230
Location: US Territory of Guam
If they are a dealer, then they should have the factory tool to replace the bushings. I had mine replaced, but you need the tool to do it right, assuming of course the metal frame is still intact. The price seems too high though for a simple replacement bushing job on the lower control arms. Cheaper to replace the bushings.
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