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#1 MR5 H0LL

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Posted 21 April 2009 - 07:40 PM

I was wondering if someone could help me. My Ka (2004 Collection) has been in for its MOT today and although it passed it did get an advisory for offside front lower suspension arm rubber bush deteriorated but not resulting in excessive movement. This means nothing to me the guy in the garage reckons it will be around 200, does this sound about right? It looks to me after a bit of research that its just a bit of rubber so 200 seems a lot.

What involved in actually replacing these?

Any help would be great thanks

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#2 delboy

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Posted 21 April 2009 - 08:02 PM

hi m8

it's called a wishbone or lower suspension arm

ford will be 95.00 as i had to fit one last weekend.

best place to get it from it
www.buypartsby.co.uk

they will be loads cheaper about 20.00

it's quite an easy job to do
jack car up remove wheel
undo the bolt from under the arm behind brake disk & hit the bolt out
undo the rtack rod nut & hit that off the lower arm
then hit off the lower arm from the suspension (lump hammer for this )
then you will see the 2 bolst that hold the arm onto the body
remove them & hit them out &
remove the arm
then fit it all back together.
it's an hour job.
you may find it's best to do both sides at the same time
as it may make the handling of the car a little odd due to 1 side being tight & the other looser.

don't take to garage m8 best to do it yourself or ask a m8 to help you.

you will need axl stands for the job or similar as i don't trust the jack that comeas with the car

when you order your part it's best to phone it through as you will need to tell them if it's power steering or not
as they lower arms do differ m8

#3 MR5 H0LL

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Posted 21 April 2009 - 08:13 PM

Thanks for the advice. I wouldnt even know where to start trying to do it myself and thats probably why the man at the garage tried to rip me off, us ladies know nothing, lol! I might give Ford a ring and see how much they quote

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Posted 22 April 2009 - 04:11 PM

Thanks for the advice. I wouldnt even know where to start trying to do it myself and thats probably why the man at the garage tried to rip me off, us ladies know nothing, lol! I might give Ford a ring and see how much they quote


I am like that. Dont have a clue about cars lol. Hate going to a garage though as I am scared they will rip me off as I know nout about cars and I bet they think they can make loads of money from me!

Wish I had did a mechanic corse at college so I had a rough idea on cars lol.

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Posted 22 April 2009 - 05:02 PM

the part is 95.00
labout for 1 hour approx 75 or there abouts

ask at your local non ford garage what they will charge you
or you can ask them what they will charge if you supply the part as
most local garages will do that.

much cheaper than frauds...oops fords


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