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acme

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Thursday 27th September 2012 quote quote all
Not very PH I know, but sisters '06 plate StreetKa with 40k miles went for a service recently and they've reported that both lower arm bushes are split! Does anyone know if this is a common problem and estimate on replacement (can't see anything doing research online)? Presumaby you don't need to replace the arm but just get the bushes replaced? Sounds as though it could be a weak point and if so any suggestions on different ones?

Tyres also showing wearing on edges so wondering if this is related. Got to say I've never heard of this on a 'regular' car, older sporty stuff yes but on 6 year old Ford which is hardly driven hard by any stretch, odd.....

Cheers in advance for any suggestions etc

asn163

137 posts

90 months

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Thursday 27th September 2012 quote quote all
Certainly a known problem on regular KA’s.

Just changed one lower arm on wife’s car which is 5 yrs old but only done about 17000 miles, still got the other one to do. Cost about £25 each for pattern parts though they say Ford parts last longer.

It’s probably easier to change the whole arm than to try and just change the bushes.

Wouldn’t. have thought a garage would charge too much to change them if you don’t. want to DIY as it’s. not a big job.

acme

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Friday 28th September 2012 quote quote all
Cheers, will research Ka's, appreciated.

Karlos TDCi

888 posts

69 months

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Monday 1st October 2012 quote quote all
Would some poly bushes be a better long-term investment?

acme

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Wednesday 3rd October 2012 quote quote all
Polybushes are a possibility, but again as it's hardly a drivers car wouldn't it just make it quite harsh?

According to the Ford dealer they recommend the whole arm (they would I guess) and state it's hard to just re-bush. What I don't get is why it's apparently a common Ka failure, I've never heard of this on a new ish car, old classics yes but 6 yrs old/40k miles, ridiculous!


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Chrisw666

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79 months

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Thursday 4th October 2012 quote quote all
Aftermarket arms with bushes in will set you back c£40 for a pair and a decent mechanic will have the pair swapped in an hour. Taking off the arms, fitting new bushes and refitting them will take longer and end up costing about the same price.

Ford will charge you c£80 a side and at least an hour per side at daft labour charges.

The non ford ones won't last as long, but the ford ones aren't renowned for their longevity.

If you do want to fit poly bushes (which you probably wouldn't want to unless you're planning a track street KA) you will need to stick with ford bottom arms as often the non ford ones have a slightly different bush size so the Polys won't mount properly. Again in this case buying the arm and having the bushes fitted into a new one is the easier option.



Edited by Chrisw666 on Thursday 4th October 10:25

acme

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573 posts

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Friday 5th October 2012 quote quote all
Chrisw666 said:
Aftermarket arms with bushes in will set you back c£40 for a pair and a decent mechanic will have the pair swapped in an hour. Taking off the arms, fitting new bushes and refitting them will take longer and end up costing about the same price.

Ford will charge you c£80 a side and at least an hour per side at daft labour charges.

The non ford ones won't last as long, but the ford ones aren't renowned for their longevity.

If you do want to fit poly bushes (which you probably wouldn't want to unless you're planning a track street KA) you will need to stick with ford bottom arms as often the non ford ones have a slightly different bush size so the Polys won't mount properly. Again in this case buying the arm and having the bushes fitted into a new one is the easier option.



Edited by Chrisw666 on Thursday 4th October 10:25
Many thanks for the details. Spoke to the Ford main stealer and it's £125 per side with standard bushes and whole arm, though needless to say I wouldn't take it to them. So if we could get aftermarket ones for half that makes sense.

A StreetKa track car, now that made me laugh! I can't imagine my sister wanting to do that!

PisstnBroke

868 posts

104 months

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Sunday 7th October 2012 quote quote all
Ford and control arms have always been a problem, remember my dad having a similiar issue with his old mk3 fiesta back in the day.
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