PT Cruiser Forum  
Advertisements
       

Go Back   PT Cruiser Forum > General Forums > Wheels, Tires, Suspension

PT Cruiser Forum

Advertisements
Control arm bushings replacement cost and difficulty?

 
Reply
 
LinkBack Thread Tools Display Modes
  #1 (permalink)  
Old 29 Jul 2015, 10:24 am
Fresh Cruiser
 
Join Date: Apr 2014
Location: Midlothian, TX
Posts: 31
Default Control arm bushings replacement cost and difficulty?

Just took my wife's 2003 PT Cruiser 4L (non-turbo) for an alignment. The shop I generally use (and usually trust) said they couldn't align it because the control arm bushings were gone. He told me the control arms also needed replacement, and that I was looking at $1100. That sounds like a crazy price, but can see it if there is a tremendous amount of labor involved.

My question is, is that way overpriced (we are a suburb of Dallas, Texas)? Also, how difficult is this to do myself?
Reply With Quote
  #2 (permalink)  
Old 29 Jul 2015, 11:17 am
Veteran Cruiser
 
Join Date: Mar 2012
Location: darien il
Posts: 4,592
Default Re: Control arm bushings replacement cost and difficulty?

it's easy IF you can get the big vertical bolt loose. you can drill a small hole in the floor to spray it with oil from the inside and let it soak about a week before you attempt it.

i was told by a good certified mechanic i trust that a decent impact gun is preferred because if you stick a breaker bar on there you are more likely to spin the nut that is welded to the inside of the frame.

it's a couple hundred bucks for the arms. there's posts here all over about it.

one was easy, but i had to torch one of mine off so i could heat the bolt directly. mine: control arm fun. WEE!
only with heat could an impact turn it. with a breaker bar i could have applied more force, but then you risk ending up with the nut spinning in the frame and you have to cut the floor open to fix it.
Reply With Quote
  #3 (permalink)  
Old 29 Jul 2015, 11:31 am
Cool Cruiser
 
Join Date: Sep 2013
Posts: 466
Default Re: Control arm bushings replacement cost and difficulty?

Read this post for latest info:

NEW LCA BUSHING
__________________
Original join date: SEP 2003
Steve/ Wayne NJ
2005 GT Vert / Black / 5 speed
2004 Dream Cruiser / 5 speed Traded for 12 Veloster
2003 GT / Blue / Auto /sold
2001 Touring/ Silver / 5 speed /sold on E Bay
Reply With Quote
  #4 (permalink)  
Old 29 Jul 2015, 02:31 pm
Regular Cruiser
 
Join Date: Dec 2014
Posts: 177
Default Re: Control arm bushings replacement cost and difficulty?

Its a PIA but doable at home with some ramps/jacks. I used a Swench wrench to get the big vertical bolts out but unless you have one I can see it being extremely difficult.

As far as $1100 is concerned it seems fair? I'm not very good at prices but it is a time consuming process plus an alignment when you're done. Shop around for the best price but make sure you see what people have said about the shops before getting work done on your car.
Reply With Quote
  #5 (permalink)  
Old 29 Jul 2015, 03:46 pm
MJKnight's Avatar
Fanatic Cruiser
 
Join Date: Jun 2015
Location: Sutton WV
Posts: 811
Default Re: Control arm bushings replacement cost and difficulty?

done both of mine...about 200.00
2 new arms with bushing and ball joints
Biggest problem is getting the bolts loose
__________________

Reply With Quote
Reply


Currently Active Users Viewing This Thread: 1 (0 members and 1 guests)
 
Thread Tools
Display Modes

Posting Rules
You may not post new threads
You may not post replies
You may not post attachments
You may not edit your posts

BB code is On
Smilies are On
[IMG] code is On
HTML code is Off
Trackbacks are On
Pingbacks are On
Refbacks are On


Similar Threads
Thread Thread Starter Forum Replies Last Post
wheel bearing replacement cost bogaz PT Cruiser Convertible Forum 3 05 Nov 2012 03:54 pm
Cheapest Cost of Fan Control Module Replacement?? NewPTCruiserInPA Tech & Performance Forum 11 20 May 2012 02:50 pm
control arm bushings replacement drastikka PT Cruiser Convertible Forum 11 28 Mar 2011 01:56 pm
cost for replacing lower control arm bushings tm05cruiser General PT Cruiser Discussions 8 10 Jul 2010 07:50 pm
Difficulty and cost on installing cruise control CruisinDad Interior Accessories Forum 3 07 May 2008 11:22 pm


All times are GMT -5. The time now is 04:23 am.




Powered by vBulletin® Version 3.8.2
Copyright ©2000 - 2019, Jelsoft Enterprises Ltd.
LinkBacks Enabled by vBSEO 3.6.0 PL2 © 2011, Crawlability, Inc.
vB.Sponsors