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I have been informed by a local shop that my wife's Volvo needs to have the bushing replaced on both of the front lower control arms. My wife Volvo has less than 50k miles. As a result, I am very surprised that they already need to be replaced, but mostly concerned the cost of the parts. Any feedback would be appreciated.

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I would be also. Without being there to see them myself, I can't diagnose the problem. But you can check them yourself if your up to it. You have to raise the front of the car to get the wheels off the ground. you can do one at a tie if you want. you will need a pry bar, use it to try to move the lower control arms. if there is any movement or sloppiness with them then they do need replaced. you will get a rotating movement at hte bolts and bushing as the tire is susposed to move up and down. but if they move any other way replace them. Also if they were bad, You would hear them making some sort of clunking sound, at bumps and turning.
Good luck
Randy

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