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Hi folks, I took my escort to the shop ostensibly to get an alignment because it is eating tires bad and they told me that they couldn't do the alignment because the lower control arm bushing on the front pass side was shot. They apparently cant even get bushings for these things so they claimed that to fix they would have to replace the entire control arm - OEM part only - at a cost of almost $600 parts+labor (for one!)

At that kind of price I figure that I have nothing to lose by trying to replace the thing by myself first. I got a junkyard control arm from eBay that seems to still have a bushing in nominally decent condition and I figure that I will try to slap it on and see what happens.

I was just posting to try and feel out what to expect from the job a little bit before I have the car all apart in my driveway and something is damaged, LOL.

It looks like this job is really just an issue of taking out a few bolts and swapping the arms? Do I even need to separate the ball joint or can I just unbolt that from the control arm (I think that is fine, it is just the control arm bushing that is bad). Michigan rust aside, can anyone verify that this is something that you can DIY in a few hours with hand tools and jacking the front end?

Any tips or experiences folks can share will be appreciated. Thanks!!
 

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i was able to do my rear shocks because of this particular guy's video. unlike other people, he sets his shots with proper lighting, and patiently does retakes until shot is clear and u can see what he's doing. this will give u SOME idea what to expect
 

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Yeah, that's another good vid by that guy. On yours, it is similar, but different. The lower ball joint can be just unbolted, so you don't have to fight the pinch on the knuckle. The sway bar on our cars is different, independent, and uses links to connect it to the conrol arm. These links typically break upon remove, it'd be best to have a new set. Then the front and rear bolt that secure to the subframe. :wink:
 
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