I’ve got a 2007 Suzuki SX4 - and - I’ve got some front control arm bushings that, I’ve been told by I think 3 different (reputable) mechanics that they need replacing.
Rather than just blindly post (like I usually do… LOL), I took the time to read some other threads here in the past. And… one thing that came up… is that surface tears are common. I was told mine have tears. But I don’t know how deep. The thing is this… they’ve needed replacement for at least two or three years now. This is a vehicle with almost 213k on it… so… as they say, these things happen. But, the tears I have in mine could be pretty deep by now. I’m just not exactly sure.
Unfortunately, the ONLY way I can afford to do this right now, is with a “Car Care” credit card I got at a local national chain shop… and… I know I know I know I know… (you don’t have to tell me…)… for what it’s worth, this one location gets GREAT reviews and has a well-seasoned staff (20+ years experience).
From reading the comments… all I can say is this… I have had SOME trouble getting it aligned properly. And I’m about 31k miles into a set of tires. I was told by one mechanic that it is NOT life-threatening, but obviously… it does affect how the tires meet the road.
Here’s the question. If I do this repair… that’s gonna max out the rest of the available credit I have on this card (I had to use half of the credit to get front wheel bearings done recently).
Should I go ahead with the Front Control Arm Bushings… or save my available credit for a rainy day (when I might need it for an emergency).
The terms are 6 months same as cash… so… hopefully I’ll be able to pay it off later without a hitch. Not the way I want to go… but the only avenue available to me right this moment.