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Old 06-06-2007, 09:51 AM   #1 (permalink)
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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?

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Old 06-06-2007, 10:09 AM   #2 (permalink)
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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.
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Old 06-06-2007, 10:33 AM   #3 (permalink)
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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
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Old 06-06-2007, 11:13 AM   #4 (permalink)
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that's far too expensive... get a few quotes at other places before you consider making a decision on it.
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Old 06-06-2007, 11:26 AM   #5 (permalink)
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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.

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Old 06-06-2007, 11:29 AM   #6 (permalink)
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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)
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Old 06-06-2007, 12:43 PM   #7 (permalink)
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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?

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Well, in NZ dollars, " lower control arm bushings" and a bunch of bushes in the front, 4 new brake rotors and sets of pads + brake shoes for the emergency brake, 1,800.00 which is about 1,300 US $. This, at a busy mechanic in the expensive part of town.

Stay away from the dealer, chooose a good busy firm near some euro car dealers

JMHO

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Old 06-07-2007, 09:12 AM   #8 (permalink)
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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?

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I did it myself. It was'nt that hard. The springs were very powerful and took some time to compress.

Look here: http://www.benzworld.org/forums/w140...-bushings.html
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Old 06-07-2007, 03:09 PM   #9 (permalink)
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Well, in NZ dollars, " lower control arm bushings" and a bunch of bushes in the front, 4 new brake rotors and sets of pads + brake shoes for the emergency brake, 1,800.00 which is about 1,300 US $. This, at a busy mechanic in the expensive part of town.

Stay away from the dealer, chooose a good busy firm near some euro car dealers

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I had my lower bushings done in 2005 cost me about $450 NZ for the bushings
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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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