Tin worm attack ...
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Join Date: Jan 2003
Location: United Kingdom
Not worth replacing just bushes as the balljoints are probably worn and integral with arms.
Why I'm not going for the arms immediately is it is often the droplinks that make the most noise. As I said, uppers are relatively easy.
I've just swapped out the strut mount on mine as it was worn and the arm was moving on the mounting bolt. The arm and mounting bolt were both relatively new but the alloy mounting was worn. Took around 45 mins as I was being very careful to split the top balljoint without damaging the cover, etc. Did this by dropping the strut down onto the driveshaft and "wiggling" the mounting over the top mounting bolts and out. Used this technique several times now.
The lower arms are harder to fit as once they are fitted into the hub carrier, the mountings are harder to line up. Last time I took the suspension upright complete with driveshaft out. This leave the arms free to move and is so much easier to line up and bolt in place. The first time I did the lowers, I made the mistake of trying to pull them into place by tightening the mounting bolts ... hence the new arms a couple of months later when they kept loosening.
The lower arms are more likely to have to be replaced because the balljoint is worn than the bushes.
Anyway it's your cash dg147 ... but I think you will probably get away with a new pair of droplinks and maybe upper arms (swap both in pairs!). Apart from the usual spanners and sockets you'll need some torx bits to hold the droplink bolt steady and some balljoint splitters (scissor ones seem to be best). A torque wrench would be my recommendation as well, especially if you do change the lower arms as the mountings are very soft alloy and a captive nut. Loctite on these too for piece of mind!
Check out EBSpares for the parts .. they are my favoured supplier and they sell good quality parts, and are quick to deliver. Shop4Parts are an alternative and often have special offers. Or you could try your local motor factors: they usually sell branded parts like QH, etc.
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