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Old 12 Nov 2012, 05:47 pm
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Default Lower Control Arms Replacement - Bay Area


I am new to this forum, my wife has a '04 PT Cruiser Limited Turbo, and because of some noise while turning, she took it to a shop close to her office: They quoted her ~600 to replace the lower control arms, plus another 330 for stabilizer and wheel bearing.
I am not sure if that's a fair price, does anyone have any suggestions for mechanics in the bay area? Looks like they are making a pretty big margin on the parts as well...

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Old 12 Nov 2012, 06:36 pm
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Default Re: Lower Control Arms Replacement - Bay Area

Hmm I'd check another shop or the dealer! We went through the whole A arm bit on our Daewoo Nubria! And it's a bitch! The PT looks like a cake walk in comparison!

We were quoted $175 for the A arms for labor. I would think the PT would be about the same? I can tell you the A arms are "not" the place to skimp on!

A bad install will destroy jack up your day!

See what the dealer wants to do the job and use that for a guide, if it's close (in price) go with the dealer! That and the wheel bearings, stabilizer stuff should be fairly easy to do with help you can find here, if your fairly handy?

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Old 12 Nov 2012, 07:05 pm
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They were asking 160x2 for the parts and 3 hours of labor. Was your quote for both including labor?

Do I need specific tools to do that kind of work? If there is anyone who can help me do this: I can get the parts and stuff, but I don't have access to any tools...
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Old 12 Nov 2012, 07:58 pm
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Just to get an idea on parts cost:

Moog control arms: $60 each

Bearings: $25-$40 each

Sway bar bushings: $10 plus $20 for new end links...

So pretty much you have about $200 in parts ( if you buy them yourself ) and maybe 3-4 hours labor...
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