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Old 10 Aug 2012, 11:15 am
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Im not a rookie to cars ....just am to the PT Cruiser..

what is this called?

as you can see my girlfriends passenger side bushing is broken.. the rubber parts are not even attached to each other anymore..

A factory service manual would be GREAT if I could get my hands on one...hint, hint..who can I PM to get one please?

Ive done some reading and looks like everyone is using MOOG for their bushing replacement needs. This looks REALLY easy to replace as well. Im a bigtime DIY'r so any advise would be awesome.


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Old 10 Aug 2012, 11:41 am
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lower torque strut
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Old 10 Aug 2012, 11:48 am
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lower torque strut

thank you... hope they are not expensive.. now researching for aftermarket..If Im replacing, why bother with OEM again if its just going to fail again..?
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Old 10 Aug 2012, 01:22 pm
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Default Re: rookie question - front LCA bushing?

If her lower torque strut is that bad, check out the upper one that attaches the the suspension strut tower, too. It's probably ripped also. Chrysler made them on the soft side to keep engine vibration to a minimum. I know your girlfriend is probably the second sweetest girl in the world...... but jackrabbit starts and stops is what normally kills the struts, so you figure out what and how you may want to "explain" it to her. There are lots owners who have had to replace the struts so it's a big club.

There are some with solid, poly bushings available from the performance aftermarket that are the most robust but they also transmit the most vibrations. There are also poly inserts that are shaped to pop into the voids in the stock rubber bushings which are considered an inbetween fix.
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Old 10 Aug 2012, 05:52 pm
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If GF is that sweet, she'll let you use the oven overnight-

Fill the voids with 3M windshield urethane, and put oven on Warm overnight- It's amazing stuff- the more you add, the more it'll vibe, though.

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