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Re: Lower Control Arm Bushings

In message <Pine.A41.3.96.990524212223.111076A-100000@elk.uvm.edu> "Alexander L. van-Gerbig" writes:

> I have been told by my main mechanic to replace my lower control arm
> bushings since they are very worn, but after reviewing my service sheets
> for references of other stuff done I noticed that they had replaced them
> less than a year ago for $193.00 labor + $50.00 parts.  Is it possible
> that the bushings wore out that quickly?  Or is something amiss with this
> service place too...  I hope not, these guys are real nice and are very
> knowledgable.

Yes, this can happen if the new bushings were tightened up with the
suspension relaxed, i.e., if the weight of the car was _NOT_ on the
wheels at the time.

This happens often with shops that use two-post lifts where the body
of the car is lifted and the wheels just dangle.

 Phil Payne
 UK Audi quattro Owners Club