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They are quoting me about $850 for the trailing arm bushing replacement, then 150ish for alignment.

Calling around, it seems that the estimate is quite similar to the dealer ("a little over $800) but one highly respected mechanic/shop told me that an alignment isn't really necessary when replacing rear trailing arm bushing. If I needed one before, then I should get it, but otherwise don't necessarily need alignment afterward.

Volvo guarantees parts for life, the 3rd part uses OEM but says 24k/2 year parts warranty. He says this replacement should realistically last me the remaining life of my car, im at 90k miles now.

I am asking the dealer to maybe throw in a coupon, but leaning towards third party to give second opinion if I truly need it replaced and if so, would go to him.

Am I approaching this correctly? Or should I just go to the dealer given the better warranty? I could always ask them to not to alignment (just had one done in november) but worry it would upset them. I am paranoid with mechanics :confused:

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If the costs are similiar, and you have had a good experience in the past, go to the dealer for the better warranty. They hear no all day long, so I wouldnt worry about the alignment.
 

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If the costs are similiar, and you have had a good experience in the past, go to the dealer for the better warranty. They hear no all day long, so I wouldnt worry about the alignment.
Thank you. The other shop is going to offer a second opinion and I will go from there. Appreciate your input.
 

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If it were my car, I'd have an alignment done. You mention you had one done in November, but if the rear control arms were bent or the bushings worn at that time, the wheels were aligned to those damaged components. Now, when the new parts are installed, things may be in a little different location.

Or maybe not. Hard to say with certainty.

As they say, "As long as you're in there, might as well get it done".
 

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There is nothing you can adjust around rear wheels. I only see two tie rods in the front can be adjusted. No sure what alignment could do on the rear wheels. Am I correct?
 

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Mine was done in February. $1100. 4 wheel alignment was $160. Cheap insurance against ruining expensive tires.
 

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Nope. There's toe adjustment in the rear.
Tech: I am working on trailing arm bushing on 2012 xc60 fwd 3.2. It’s doable on driveway, it’s not easy though. I push the bush in. Now one 18mm bolt is in, but the other bolt is very hard to put back on, seems the thread is messed up, the thread of the bolts are good, thread in one hole seems shot. I wonder if any one know the thread size, I want to buy a thread chaser to fix it. Don’t want to force it in. Thank you
 

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The bolt is M14x42 length, not sure about the thread pitch, it’s not m14-1.25, I compared it with spark plug thread. I feel like it’s m14-2? Is anyone happen to know? Thank you
It is pretty simple to measure pitch. Count the number of threads over a 10 mm span, then divide

10/(# of threads counted)
 
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