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2005 Toyota Camry (2.4 L) control arm bushings tearing out

I've had two shops tell me my control arm bushings are definitly tearing out (at 100,000 Kms). I detect no steering problems. Should I get another opinion, not worry about it, or get them changed? Can the bushings be changed without removing the control arms?
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Most of the time the bushings are so hard and tight they neeed to be put in using a hydraulic press, requiring them to be removed from the vehicle. they may not cause any symptoms in your steering but they may squeak and/or eventually break loose which, during travel, is very unsafe. i advise to get them changed

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