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2005 camry front control arm bushings

I took my 2005 Toyota Camry to the dealer for routine maintenance today, and they called me back saying my front control arm bushings are tearing out. The guy I talked to said one bushing has already torn out, and that I should have this repaired ASAP for $900, plus an alignment thereafter. The car has just over 50,000 miles on it, and I haven't had any major problems with it to date. Is this a common problem, in a Toyota with 50,000 miles on it, even if the roads where I live generally have a lot of potholes (which I avoid as much as possible when driving)? In addition, I'm told that my front outer brake pads are sticking, so the inner pads are wearing faster than the outer pads, and to repair this would be $320. They would also like to clean and adjust my back brakes for $66. I just recently moved, so this is the first time I've worked with this dealer before.

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  • schwaps Mar 04, 2009

    I am having the same issue with my 2004 Toyota Camry with 40,000 miles. I took it in for inspection and it can not pass due to the bushing being almost shot on the left front lower control arm. They told me the bushing can no longer be purchased by itself, and the control arm would cost $285. They also said the book says 7.5 hours of labor, but they would only charge me for 4.5 hours of labor ($370). I called the local toyota dealer and they quoted me $174 for the part and $700 for labor. I am not sure what to do, as this is almost unheard of for such a low mileage, newer Toyota.

  • Anonymous May 11, 2009

    I too have a front lower control arm and bushing problem on my 2004 Camry. I do have steering problems but cannot believe this would go on a 2004 Camry with 62,000 miles. They said I also need a back track bar because it broke. It is not a cheap repair. One dealership wanted $2160 to fix and another $1,000. This sounds like a problem with Toyota Camry's.

  • Mark Fark
    Mark Fark Oct 07, 2013

    My 2004 Toyota with 60K miles needs both control arms replaced due to badly torn bushings(My mechanic freind showed them to me and said he has never seen this before). They can be changed without pulling the motor (there is 1 bolt that cannot be removed without doing this)if you remove the motor mounts and jack the engine a bit but not easy. Cut the bolts holding the lower motor mount a bit shorter to make the job easier next time.. The bushings can be bought online for about 40$ each.

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You have a lot of issues. Let me take each on one by one...

Front control arm bushings: In a word, unbelievable.
Maybe on a 1991 Camry, but not an 05 with 50 K miles. Nope. I would have to see it to believe it. I have YET to change any on any Camry 2000 and up. They simply do not fail. They might "look" bad, but I seriously doubt that they are bad. I have answered a question identical to this previously here at FixYA, and I had the golden opportunity to examine the exact vehicle in question, the owner and I were within 50 miles of each other. Same story, same diagnosis. She didn't need the repair, either. Besides, if they WERE bad, you would have SEVERE control issues with the steering, and tire wear of epic proportions. If you have neither of those 2 mentioned issues, you don't need the replacements.
Save your money.

Regarding the front brakes: The pads "sticking" in the brackets is unfortunately a common problem. The pads rust a bit, and they seize, and uneven wear is a normal result of the pads being "stuck". Personally, I think 320 dollars is a lot of money to just change the pads...The parts are like 53 dollars, and the labor is about an hour. I charge approx 145 dollars to replace ft pads, and I charge 20 bucks to clean and adjust the rear brakes.
Best advice: Go find another dealership. This one wants to rob you.

Posted on Jan 15, 2009

  • Mark Fark
    Mark Fark Oct 07, 2013

    I have seen the torn bushings on my 2004 Camry with 60K miles and they are loose. Removing the control arm is tricky as you have to remove the motor mounts and lower mount bracket and jack the motor 1". The bushings are obtainable separatly online.

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