[200q20v] Suspension rebuild and timing belt service

TM t44tq at mindspring.com
Sat Jul 14 13:18:16 EDT 2001

In all seriousness Bernie, how do you answer the concern of
bushings that appear fine on the outside, but upon removal and
inspection, have failed? This has been seen several times on these

The cost of removing and inspecting these bushings and then not
replacing them is rather ridiculous, is it not?

The reason I'm doing all of this at once is that I eliminate the
possibility of it failing a short period after I do all of the other
work. While this is, admittedly, a waste of time and money, it results
in a virtually new car. Suspension bushings do wear out over time,
and with me putting about 18k/yr. on the car, I don't want to deal with
the problem on multiple occasions.

Especially with heavier wheels and tires and stiffer suspension, the
bushings are subjected to much greater forces than stock.

If you're of the school that thinks that all OEM is fine and there is no
need to do stuff until it actually breaks, fine. By performing preventative
maintenance, I can control my expenses by doing work when I budget allows,
rather than reacting to a breakdown, which may occur at an inopportune

You'll have to excuse me for posting such a simple request- I prefer to
follow a much more extensive maintenance schedule than you.


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