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Rendezvous rear knucle bushing

Can you safely drive with this part worn?

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Look at it this way, put your fist in your palm. It should be a perfect fit. When it gets loose its because it lost its grease and had worn away medal. It will cause friction which in turn will create heat which could lead to a dagerous conditon not to mention its not holding the tire strait which can destroy a tire. It may last for awhile but I have seen the outcome when it decides to break. Gets expensive

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