Originally Posted by klattu
I'm not going to sleep until you tell us all about it.
Mine is needing something up under there.
Sometimes I think about a whole new front suspension.
$300 does sound alot less Christmasy than 20 bucks.
From Supersteer that would be $300 per pivot assembly and $300 for each idler arm which means a grand total of about $1200 to replace the pivot assemblies and idler arms. Your idler arms may or may not be good but if you have the original pivot assemblies I'll bet they are shot.
I got the replacement bushings today and after looking at them I can see why they only last around 20,000 miles or so. They are a thin steel outer shell with a thin layer of brass or bronze as the bushing material. Each portion is only about .030" thick.
I'm subscribing to the theory that if your front end alignment has been set with the pivot assemblies in good condition you should be able to replace the bushings with no real change to your front end alignment. Of course its always possible that I'm all wet on this one.....
But if you can follow this practice you could just do preventative maintenance after x thousand miles and not worry about having to pay for a $150 front end alignment. Just food for thought.
I'm hoping to find time this weekend to at least pull one of the pivot assemblies from our Argosy to see how tough the rebuild job is going to be.