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Old 02-08-2016, 03:20 PM   #1
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Suspension control arm DIY

Hello everyone!

I've mentioned a few months ago that my Focus SE '12 started to "clak" when going over bumps and that after a little check underneath, I've discovered that the lower control arm bushings were almost done.



Now though, many of you might noticed that this specific part cannot be changed so the whole control arm + ball joint has to be purchased. I've changed mines and here is the DIY:

Tools needed:
Torx T-55
18mm socket
21mm socket
18mm wrench
15mm socket
10mm socket
15mm wrench
1 swivel socket

Procedure:
1-Get the whole front of your can in the air and remove the tires.
2-Loose the suspension lower control front arm bushing bolt using the 18mm socket (passenger side requires to remove the lower metal cover for the A/C compresor *all bolts use a 10mm socket * so you can use the swivel socket + 18mm socket to take this bolt entirely).

3-Loose the suspension lower control rear arm bushing under bolts using the 18mm socket and the 21mm socket for the upper nuts.

4-Remove the lower bolt on the sway bar links using a 15mm wrench and 15mm socket for the nut in it.

5-Remove the ball joint bolt and nut using the torx T-55 + 15mm socket.

6-Finish removing all bolts from the control arm bushings (front & rear).

7-Remove the whole control arm from both sides.


Installation procedure is exactly the same going backwards.

**Don't forget to take the car into tire alignment after this is done because its original measurements might have changed a bit so in order to ensure a proper tire contact with the road, alignment is required!**



Hope this helps someone!

Bit of help is always useful though...



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This here is an all-star quality how-to, rep'd!
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great post!

is there any way to check if the bushings are gone without disassembling everything?

Mine has been making a bit of noise when going over bumps and irregularities too
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great post!

is there any way to check if the bushings are gone without disassembling everything?

Mine has been making a bit of noise when going over bumps and irregularities too
With just raising the car and doing a visual inspection you will see the status of them.. any rip's withing the rubber will mean that the bushing is up to be changed.

When you take the control arms apart from the car, you will notice the huge difference in movement on the bushing while on the new ones it's almost impossible to move with your bare hands.

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I quickly checked mine this weekend and they look like they're in pretty bad shape. At least 1 of them is torn, but I bet both are. I didn't feel like lying under my car at 0*F to keep looking. Guess I have another project this spring!

I guess this is why my car is tramlining like crazy on the highway?
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I quickly checked mine this weekend and they look like they're in pretty bad shape. At least 1 of them is torn, but I bet both are. I didn't feel like lying under my car at 0*F to keep looking. Guess I have another project this spring!

I guess this is why my car is tramlining like crazy on the highway?
Likely yes! In my car, the driver side was much worse than the passenger side but still it's always better to change them both.

PS: I've used Mevotech's which are supposed to be better than the OEM's with almost the same price.

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How is the ride once you installed the new ones? Is it night and day?

$200 to fix... this is depressing... I thought I could go more than 4 years and 50k before my rubber bushings were shot. Here I thought I was just due for new struts.
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How is the ride once you installed the new ones? Is it night and day?

$200 to fix... this is depressing... I thought I could go more than 4 years and 50k before my rubber bushings were shot. Here I thought I was just due for new struts.
The car feels like new again, it doesn't clank anymore while goif over bumps and because of the wheel alignment, it doesn't go everywhere on the highway anymore. I can definitely feel the difference!

I've changed these components right after 55k kms wich is pretty normal because of the crappy roads we have here in Costa Rica.

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