So, I take the wife’s '06 Hyundai Tucson GLS into the dealership over the weekend to get an inspection done. The service advisor told me the bushings need to be replaced (I believe he said control arm, but it may have been sway bar bushings - I can update this later if I need to). He told me parts would be around $750 and labor another $750. He also said that since my wife had bought the vehicle at that dealership, it’s only a month and a half out of warranty, and it has low miles (less than 34,000) - he’d talk to his district manager and try to go to bat for me, and see if he can get an OK to knock off the labor. Maybe he said he’d try to knock off the parts instead of the labor, but $750 is $750 - I don’t care if it’s for the parts or the labor.
After a bit of somewhat unsuccessful homework, I notice that this is probably “We need to replace the whole arm - not just the bushing, and we need to do it on both sides.” Both sides is fine, but a national chain told me $225 for labor, plus whatever the part would cost, since it’s (of course) a dealer part.
A bit of looking through the forum here also tells me that there’s probably NO way these bushings should wear out so quickly, but I’d even be willing to give the benefit of the doubt.
My question here is: Can I just get the bushings done on the car and save a boatload of money, or is the bushing actually not a separate part on this car?