I recently attempted an LCA bushing replacement on my Subaru Outback. Each bushing is held in by a nut on the lca and two bolts on the body. When I was putting one of the bolts back in, it cross threaded and the captive nut broke loose.
The nut is in a completely inaccessible hollow part of the body. I cut the bolt (which was just spinning), tapped the body for a larger bolt, and put a new bolt in.
Just to clarify, this is the rear bushing on the front control arm.
The car has been driven as is and seems fine. My question is, will having one of the two bolts attaching the bushing to the car just threaded into the sheet metal cause problems? If so, I’m considering a few solutions:
- Use a rivnut- problem is, I can’t find a 5/8 in. rivnut which is the size of the new bolt I put in.
- Cut an access point and put in a new nut.
For what it’s worth, the friends helping me thought my current solution would hold up fine.