I recently had my car in for an oil change at the dealer and they came back and told me I need to replace the lower control arm bushings. Reading through the internet it sounds like this is common for my 2003 Neon. They quoted a price of $450 including labor. It seemed kinda pricey to me so I took my car to Firestone where I usually go for an oil change on my other car and let them look at it. They quoted me at $430 but said I would need an alignment too for another $70. The description on the recommended service says: K7471 Lo Ctrol Arm Bushing/Kit Remove and replace control arm shaft and bushing, lower, both sides. The parts are $40 for each side. If I have them do this can I be sure that I won't have to replace bushings in the future?
Also, I talked to Midas and he said he would do it but he would replace the control arms along with the bushings and it would be $700-$750.
All this is quite pricey...are these reasonable prices or should I keep looking for someone else to do it?
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I've seen that kit mentioned before and getting a mechanic to install them. Excuse me being naive here though I haven't dealt much with mechanics...how do I get one to install it for me if the places I've gone to so far have wanted $350 labor?
I'm not sure where you're located but check for a rinky dinky mexican tire shop. I'm mexican so i'm allowed to say that...but usually they'll give you the best rates. It's awfully hard to screw up on that install considering it's unbolt, burn out the old bushings, bolt back up (Without a WHOLE LOT OF CUSSING inbetween that)
If you are not mechanically inclined I would suggest not doing it, otherwise you can probably knock it out yourself in a few hours with a torch and the right sockets.
But don't go to a "midas" or expensive shop like that, they'll put it in your butt. ****ing brake check stole my air filter.
Even if you have to pay $100 for the install, do it. Show them the bushings, show them where they need to go in and voila. It's worth it not to do the install yourself. [&:]
other option is new control arms - there are aftermarket ones out there - arm, bushing, and ball joint are included - 2 bolts at the back at the subframe and 1 bolt at the lower ball joint - not hard to do - if your bushings are worn, i bet your ball joints are too. _ an alignment is a good idea - anytime to you remove a steering or suspension part - plus yours are worn - Dorman has the complete control arm for 72.00 a side - figure .8 to 1.0 a side to put them in plus an alignment
Find a side mechanic or small shop. I have been doing side work for years - some of the best customers !
2000 Plymouth Neon LX 195,000 miles - orig engine and trans.
Just a quick little update here. I found a local shop who will do it for me. So including parts and labor it will cost me $170. Far less than the $450 that the big names wanted so I'm happy. I'm dropping the car off tonight and they are going to work on it tomorrow.
I have one more question....should I be asking them to do an alignment then too?