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Old 20 Feb 2011, 11:05 am
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What is it like replacing the bushings in the control arm? I am debating between buying the bushings or just getting the control arm with the bushings and ball joints already installed. A lot more money for the whole control arm but if it will be a nightmare to remove the bushings it might be worth it.
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Old 20 Feb 2011, 11:16 am
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I got the Energy polyurethane bushings for mine! The factory bushings are really bad! Im gettimg charge $45.00 per side to do the job of taking the arm's out, change the bushings and re-install! If the ball joints are good put the polyurethanes bushings! Trust me it will last longer!
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Old 20 Feb 2011, 11:32 am
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Is the 45.00 from the dealer?

Just found this. Maybe I can get it done free??!!


•Some Chrysler PT Cruisers from model-years 2001 through 2005 have had problems with the front end suspension. The lower control arm bushings have been reported to fail prematurely, causing the ball joint to come loose. The driver can lose control over the car's steering system, which could result in a collision. A recall was issued in 2008 for the affected model-years. A Chrysler dealership will replace the defective parts free of charge.


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Old 20 Feb 2011, 12:02 pm
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Private mechanic!
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Old 20 Feb 2011, 12:24 pm
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Don't know where Steven Symes got his info, but I never received a "recall notice" and mine is an 04.

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Old 20 Feb 2011, 03:17 pm
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Recall Date
APR 14, 2008

Model Affected
2001 CHRYSLER PT CRUISER

Description
FEDERAL MOGUL IS RECALLING 6,903 AFTERMARKET BALL JOINT ASSEMBLIES SHIPPED BETWEEN NOVEMBER 9, 2007 AND MARCH 26, 2008, WHICH MAY HAVE BEEN PACKAGED WITH INCORRECT NUTS. THE PART NUMBERS PACKAGED WITH INCORRECT NUTS ARE: K7147, K7329, K8683, AND 104353. THESE PARTS WERE MADE FOR USE ON THE VARIOUS VEHICLES LISTED ABOVE.

Consequence
THE NUTS INCLUDED IN THE PACKAGING FOR THESE BALL JOINT ASSEMBLIES ARE MISSING THE INTENDED PREVAILING TORQUE (SELF-LOCKING) FEATURE. IF THE INCORRECT NUT WAS TO BECOME LOOSE, THE JOINING MEMBERS MAY LOOSEN LEADING TO A SEPARATION OF THE BALL JOINT. THIS MAY RESULT IN LOSS OF VEHICLE CONTROL, POSSIBLY RESULTING IN A VEHICLE CRASH.

Remedy
FEDERAL MOGUL WILL NOTIFY OWNERS AND REPLACE THE PARTS FREE OF CHARGE. THE RECALL BEGAN ON MAY 22, 2008. OWNERS CAN CONTACT FEDERAL MOGUL AT 877-489-6659.

Potential Units Affected
6903

Notes
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