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Lower control arms - bushings seperating

My toyota dealer said my lower control arms would soon need to be replaced on my 2002 camry with 85000 miles. The price he quoted was around $1800 with labor. Does that seem fishy?

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  • Anonymous Mar 15, 2014

    control arm pivot bolt spins and does not come off and cannot remove the control arm at pivot.
    It seems that the bolt is seized in the pivot bushing

  • Anonymous Mar 28, 2014

    lower control arms

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Well considering the control arms are only $110 each yea they are taking advantage of you

Posted on Jun 20, 2009

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Price sounds high for just lower control arms,most any shop can handle this repair.

Posted on Jun 20, 2009

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