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Control arm bushing

What is the general installation price for this part?

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For the driver side, it is about 1.5 hours of labor to change the control arm and/or bushing (since th bushing is in the control arm). For the right side, it is about 2 hours of labor. So, the cost depends directly on the hourly labor rate charged by your shop. For example, at $50 an hour (good price these days), if they were to do BOTH sides, the labor cost would be $175. The control arm bushings are about $25 each (per side). And, the Control Arm itself, if you needed to replace it (very unlikely unless the car was in a wreck), is about $80.

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