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Old 24 Sep 2012, 09:58 pm
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Well, my '06 PT needs lower control arm bushings again. Three years/36,000 miles on the first set. Now another three years and 30,000 miles more and the left one is bulging out with the right one not far behind. There must be a better way.
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Old 24 Sep 2012, 10:38 pm
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You could do the prothane thine, they last longer, IDK if anyone makes spherical bearings- Don't thinks so- they're bigger round than Neon/SRT4
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WoW
i got 150k+ out of my OEM lca's and they did look to, to bad
Give the poly's a try this time
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Better bushings are the answer. Poly from Prothane or Energy Suspension, not sure if the Moog ones are poly but I'm sure they are better then stock...
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It is not the bushings themselves wearing prematurely but either the road conditions or another suspension part needing attention.
Changing to Polyurethane or any other bushing material type may increase your wear factor but not solve the problem why they are wearing so fast.
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It is not the bushings themselves wearing prematurely but either the road conditions or another suspension part needing attention. Changing to Polyurethane or any other bushing material type may increase your wear factor but not the problem why they are wearing so fast.
Yep, what he said! Along those line it could be that your original arms are damaged?

Have the front end checked out and just replace your original A Arms if they don't find anything amiss, grab another set and rebuild them.
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Old 25 Sep 2012, 05:06 pm
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It is not the bushings themselves wearing prematurely but either the road conditions or another suspension part needing attention. Changing to Polyurethane or any other bushing material type may increase your wear factor but not the problem why they are wearing so fast.
My understanding is that the lower control arm bushings wear out prematurely as did those on the Neons because of the design. I think the number of posts on this and other forums will reinforce the fact that the bushing failure is a known issue, just like the cooling fan.
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Old 25 Sep 2012, 05:16 pm
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I have Energy Suspension bushings on both of my PTs.
Mine has 30k miles with them and my wife's has about 70k miles with those bushings and they are still good.

How to rebuild control arms.
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Old 25 Sep 2012, 05:29 pm
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It was only a suggestion of thought to look into other reasons for a seemingly faster then usual bushing wear. WE have no way of knowing from your first post how you drive,what maintenance you have had done or the conditions of the environment you drive your PT. If this pre-mature bushing information found on forums was reality then many PT's would have been covered under the standard warranty package and TSB's been reported. This is not the case as a quick review of TSB's would reflect. As with many things posted on forums when a few have issues it soon becomes a forum "urban myth" that somehow generates into a "fact"?
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I have Energy Suspension bushings on both of my PTs.
Mine has 30k miles with them and my wife's has about 70k miles with those bushings and they are still good.

How to rebuild control arms.

Something many do not know but you can custom order bushings with a different Durometer rating. All the bushing offered from most suppliers are usually a #70-80 which is a general application. This is generally in between not as soft as OEM but not so hard that you would lose teeth.
If you run upgrade suspension parts going to higher durometer #'s is sometimes a bennifit.
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