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Old 07-27-2004, 10:52 PM   #1 (permalink)
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Freaking got my new front control arms couple of weaks back, and now the metal parts surrounding the bearings have rusted. Do you guys think this will effect anything? Makes me mad that the mechanic used cheap parts and it costed 500!
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i think thats normal, but not exactly sure where your talking about.... did the mechanic use OEM parts?
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I have no idea what the mechanic used. The rust surrounds the 3 bearings.
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you mean bushings?
This could be from the water he used to get the bushings IN the controll arms, it's really hard to get those things in there so you need to lube them with something that will dry up and go away, not WD-40.
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yeah i ment bushings. Will it effect my driving? Will this rust eat away my bushing?>
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Rust probably wont "eat away" at the bushing, but a sandpaper effect may happen for the parts that are connected inside the bushing (the part that actually moves) if those ends are rusted, which will just lead to sloppier and sloppier preformance over time.
... How much rust are we talking about?
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Not that much just all around the bushing. Isn't like hardcore rust just some.
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