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So I have been noticing some minor changes in the way my car handles lately. First off my Trans. has been shifting a little rough and when put into gear there is a little clicking noise. So i headed out and took a look and this is what i found.<p><IMG SRC="http://i919.photobucket.com/albums/ad33/campinassassin/IMG_0096.jpg" BORDER="0"><p>And a closer look shows it is completly trashed <IMG NAME="icon" SRC="http://www.vwvortex.com/vwbb/frown.gif" BORDER="0"> <br><IMG SRC="http://i919.photobucket.com/albums/ad33/campinassassin/IMG_0098.jpg" BORDER="0"><p>And the second thing i have noticed is the car doesnt handle like it used to...and when braking it isnt smooth anymore...Im thinking that it could be the lower control arms but im not sure what the bushings are supposed to look like<p>Right Front:<br><IMG SRC="http://i919.photobucket.com/albums/ad33/campinassassin/IMG_0108.jpg" BORDER="0"><p>Left Front:<p><IMG SRC="http://i919.photobucket.com/albums/ad33/campinassassin/IMG_0102.jpg" BORDER="0"><p>Not sure if the tear that can be seen at the bottom is supposed to be there. Can someone tell me if they look ok..and if not post a picture of what they should look like. Thanks <IMG NAME="icon" SRC="http://www.vwvortex.com/vwbb/embeer.gif" BORDER="0">
 

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Re: Trans. Mount/ Control Arm (crogers)

The control arm bushings are torn bad. I bet the rear bushings of these A-arms are torn also.<p>The trans mount big bushing does not look torn. It has this "I-beam" design. The smaller bushing is most likely completely torn. Try wiggling it and you'll see.
 

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control arm bushings are shot (obviously)<p>The trans mount i am with Mika, but would err on the side of replacing it.
 

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So you are supposed to be able to see light through the big bushing?<p>And would you suggest replacing the whole arm or just the bushing?
 

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You can see the light through it normally. It has molded-in gaps, just like the old round upper engine mount bushing.<p>For control arms, changing the whole arm is recommended. Much easier and not much more costly.
 

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Re: Trans. Mount/ Control Arm (crogers)

The front & rear bushing of control arm need to replace. I think you may buy the whole control arm, because the price of whole control arm price almost same as the front & rear bushing cost.<p><IMG SRC="http://i516.photobucket.com/albums/u326/VCHK/IMG_0439.jpg" BORDER="0"><p><IMG SRC="http://i516.photobucket.com/albums/u326/VCHK/IMG_0442.jpg" BORDER="0"><p><IMG SRC="http://i516.photobucket.com/albums/u326/VCHK/IMG_0440.jpg" BORDER="0">
 

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Re: Trans. Mount/ Control Arm (veilsidez)

Thanks for the pictures veilsidez....what about having the old bushings pressed out and having powerflex bushings put in?
 

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You can also do that. <p>Its not worth it if your going to stick volvo bushings back in thou. <p>
 

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I just did this.<p>FCP has both bushings, but I opted for urethane front bushings. Not a bad just, just the usual fun when pressing bushings. <p>Oh, and use the "flower" button on your digicam when taking close-ups...
 

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can you notice a difference with the urethane bushing as far as handling any better...and i should have used the flower button, the pics are mostly blurry because with my arms extended under the car it was a bit shakey and my camera wasnt in auto.
 

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Re: Trans. Mount/ Control Arm (veilsidez)

<TABLE WIDTH="90%" CELLSPACING=0 CELLPADDING=0 ALIGN=CENTER><TR><TD><i>Quote, originally posted by <b>veilsidez</b> »</i></TD></TR><TR><TD CLASS="quote">The front & rear bushing of control arm need to replace. I think you may buy the whole control arm, because the price of whole control arm price almost same as the front & rear bushing cost.<p><A HREF="http://i516.photobucket.com/albums/u326/VCHK/IMG_0439.jpg" TARGET="_blank">http://i516.photobucket.com/al...9.jpg</A><p><A HREF="http://i516.photobucket.com/albums/u326/VCHK/IMG_0442.jpg" TARGET="_blank">http://i516.photobucket.com/al...2.jpg</A><p><A HREF="http://i516.photobucket.com/albums/u326/VCHK/IMG_0440.jpg" TARGET="_blank">http://i516.photobucket.com/al...0.jpg</A></TD></TR></TABLE><br>Holy $h!t! Someone knows how to use macro mode! Sweet, glorious macro mode! <IMG NAME="icon" SRC="http://www.vwvortex.com/vwbb/eek.gif" BORDER="0">
 

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<TABLE WIDTH="90%" CELLSPACING=0 CELLPADDING=0 ALIGN=CENTER><TR><TD><i>Quote, originally posted by <b>crogers</b> »</i></TD></TR><TR><TD CLASS="quote">can you notice a difference with the urethane bushing as far as handling any better...and i should have used the flower button, the pics are mostly blurry because with my arms extended under the car it was a bit shakey and my camera wasnt in auto.</TD></TR></TABLE><p>I would say yes, there is a difference. The front end was "darting" under acceleration and braking, that is gone with the urethane bushings. I would say the ride is a bit softer as well, since the struts are compressing (i.e. the suspension is doing it's job!) vs. the bushings compressing and struts compressing. Not so much banging or thudding over big bumps. <p><TABLE WIDTH="90%" CELLSPACING=0 CELLPADDING=0 ALIGN=CENTER><TR><TD><i>Quote, originally posted by <b>StarmanDXE</b> »</i></TD></TR><TR><TD CLASS="quote"><br>Holy $h!t! Someone knows how to use macro mode! Sweet, glorious macro mode! <IMG NAME="icon" SRC="http://www.vwvortex.com/vwbb/eek.gif" BORDER="0"> </TD></TR></TABLE><p>BWWBHAAHAHAHAHAHHAHAA! <IMG NAME="icon" SRC="http://www.vwvortex.com/vwbb/wink.gif" BORDER="0">
 
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