Go Back   EcoModder Forum > EcoModding > Off-Topic Tech
Register Now
 Register Now
 

Reply  Post New Thread
 
Submit Tools LinkBack Thread Tools
Old 09-21-2013, 05:02 PM   #1 (permalink)
Not Doug
 
Xist's Avatar
 
Join Date: Jun 2012
Location: Show Low, AZ
Posts: 10,883

Chorizo - '00 Honda Civic HX, baby! :D
90 day: 35.35 mpg (US)

Mid-Life Crisis Fighter - '99 Honda Accord LX
90 day: 30.79 mpg (US)

Gramps - '04 Toyota Camry LE
90 day: 25.88 mpg (US)
Thanks: 7,050
Thanked 2,033 Times in 1,552 Posts
Front control arm replacement

When I had my mom's shop replace my hoses and charge my AC, they told me that I need to replace the front control arms. The estimate was $635, with labor at $75 an hour.

I do not have any idea where to get labor for $75 an hour down here.

I think that my service plan should cover this, minus my $100 deductible, although I expect them to have me pay for more.

Sometimes I hear clicking when I brake or steer, but not constant clicking, like with CV joints.

My service plan specifies:
Quote:
Steering: Power steering pump; steering box; rack and pinion; pitman arm; idler arm; tie rods; tie rod ends and drag link.
Front and Rear Suspension: Upper and lower control arms, shafts and bearings or bushings; upper and lower ball joints; king pins and bushings; spindle and spindle support; torsion bars and bushings; leaf springs, shackles and bushings; coil springs; stabilizer bar, linkage and bushings. MacPherson strut housing, strut bar and bushing; wheel bearings
The plan covers upper and lower control arms, while the shop said that the front control arms need replacing. Should those refer to the same thing, or might the company use a different name for the same thing?

Thank you so much! I hope that you are having a great weekend!

  Reply With Quote
Alt Today
Popular topics

Other popular topics in this forum...

   
Old 09-21-2013, 05:16 PM   #2 (permalink)
Master EcoModder
 
cbaber's Avatar
 
Join Date: Feb 2012
Location: Missouri
Posts: 540

Lean and Mean - '98 Honda Civic HX
Team Honda
90 day: 46.69 mpg (US)
Thanks: 30
Thanked 190 Times in 110 Posts
Unless the control arm is cracked or bent, it does not need replaced. What needs replaced are the bushings/ball joints that are pressed into the control arms, that connect the various suspension components.

Either way, your service plan should cover it. Either under the control arm name, or bushings. Ask them specifically why you need the control arm, and not the bushings/ball joints?
__________________
1998 Honda Civic HX - My Project Thread

  Reply With Quote
Old 09-21-2013, 06:27 PM   #3 (permalink)
Moderate your Moderation.
 
Join Date: Nov 2008
Location: Troy, Pa.
Posts: 8,919

Pasta - '96 Volkswagen Passat TDi
90 day: 45.22 mpg (US)
Thanks: 1,369
Thanked 430 Times in 353 Posts
Many cars have irreplaceable ball joints that are a part of the control arm now. If the ball joint is worn on one of those, you replace the entire arm.

Labor wise, it's cheaper to replace the arm than a ball joint or bushing.

I don't believe your Subaru has upper control arms, only lowers and a MacPherson strut system [the strut damper is also the upper lateral control for the wheel alignment]. That would explain why the shop said 'front' control arms rather than identifying upper or lower.
__________________
"ʞɐǝɹɟ ɐ ǝɹ,noʎ uǝɥʍ 'ʇı ʇ,usı 'ʎlǝuol s,ʇı"

  Reply With Quote
Old 09-21-2013, 08:06 PM   #4 (permalink)
Not Doug
 
Xist's Avatar
 
Join Date: Jun 2012
Location: Show Low, AZ
Posts: 10,883

Chorizo - '00 Honda Civic HX, baby! :D
90 day: 35.35 mpg (US)

Mid-Life Crisis Fighter - '99 Honda Accord LX
90 day: 30.79 mpg (US)

Gramps - '04 Toyota Camry LE
90 day: 25.88 mpg (US)
Thanks: 7,050
Thanked 2,033 Times in 1,552 Posts
Thanks, guys! I am trying to think of all of the maintenance that I have had on this car since I bought it May 7th, 2,013.

All four tires
Locking mechanism on the driver's door
Knock sensor
Timing belt
Spark plugs and wires
Power steering and AC hoses
AC recharge

I am not sure that is everything. I did not mention replacing the battery or oil changes.

I had not realized that my plan is for twenty-four months or 24,000 miles, although that seems standard. I am at 16.47 months and 12,758 miles, about 9,297 a year.

Had I driven more, I would probably have more maintenance!

  Reply With Quote
Reply  Post New Thread


Thread Tools




Powered by vBulletin® Version 3.8.11
Copyright ©2000 - 2022, vBulletin Solutions Inc.
Content Relevant URLs by vBSEO 3.5.2
All content copyright EcoModder.com