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Confused About Repairing Control Arms

cudes_magudescudes_magudes Posts: 1
edited September 2016 in Volkswagen
Hi There,

I have a 2010 VW CC Sport, 68k miles, and recently had a rear wheel (driver side) leaning inwards with negative camber so bad that it caused my tire to blow out from having all the load/heat on just the inner corner of the tire. Took it to a mechanic who put it up on the lift and said that the control arms and bushings in the back were all shot and needed to be replaced. The passenger side rear wheel is also angled in a very small amount and that tire's inner corner is showing some heavy wear. He took me under the car and showed me around; the bushing were definitely deteriorated but I didn't see any real issues with the arms themselves. He said "You're looking at at least $1,500" for what he was trying to get me to do which was replace all of the control arms and bushings in the rear. I told him I would think about it and started doing some research, then I just got confused and overwhelmed so here I am. Ultimately I have decided that for now (I just moved to NYC and don't have a job yet so I'm being as frugal as possible) I would just like to have a mechanic replace all the rear control arm bushings and maybe the lower control arms but not sure about those. A few questions I have:

1) Are the rear lower control arms unidirectional? In other words, is there a left and a right that are different than one another?

2) Can you purchase just bushings for the lower arms? On auto parts sites I've seen individual bushings listed for upper and lateral arms, but I don't think I've seen any for lower arms. Do you have to buy the entire lower control arms to, in effect, replace the bushings?

3) Roughly how much do you think this should cost me at a mechanic provided I purchase all the parts on my own?

4) If I am going to end up going through with this, how many bushings would I need to order to cover replacing all the ones for the rear control arms?

Thanks in advance and hope you can help clarify this stuff for me!

Comments

  • Mr_ShiftrightMr_Shiftright Sonoma, CaliforniaPosts: 64,490
    edited September 2016
    Why don't you call Blauparts and see what they have to say?

    They are Audi/VW parts specialists


    Phone:(920)758-3232

  • thecardoc3thecardoc3 Posts: 5,051
    edited September 2016

    3) Roughly how much do you think this should cost me at a mechanic provided I purchase all the parts on my own?

    Trying to go this route would get you excluded from having any work done at the better shops. You won't get an estimate because they just won't do it.

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