Front lower arm replacement - Andy
Mondeo TD Estate. (yes that one again with the probable fuel filter issue a few days ago). (I caused this problem before the filter seems to have gone worng but they are not linked)

In todays no blame culture I will say it was 50/50 but I dont really believe it !Anyway, I hit the kerb with a crunch. The tyre bod who checked the tracking and steering couldnt believe I had got away without much damage when he checked the alignment. In truth I did not get away with it but neither he nor all his colleagues spotted it. I am of course talking about the suspension arm, which they said seemed fine.

Finally (lacking all trust in anyone these days but knowing nothing myself I had a look and I can easily see it is twisted, god knows how they didnt. And not only that but two other goons in the main dealership that messed up the filter change did not see it either (I only went to the dealer as it is on the way to work, never again except to get them to fix the filter issue).

I checked it today from the rear and it is not easy to see due to no clear daylight behind of it, but looking from the front with daylight making it clear it is badly twisted. So, finally, to the point.

Any idea what sort of price I should be forking out to have this fixed. One off the cuff quote from a friend at work was about £40 for the part, so how many hours labour am I looking at?

Any ideas anyone?
Re: Front lower arm replacement - Andy
Sorry for posting this twice but AOL is playing up as usual !!
Re: Front lower arm replacement - Andy
So Bob, can I call you that Robin? I prang a cheap car and the cheap parts bend. The you re-assure me that the expensive car bends just the same. So you paid out all that extra for nothing then. You are smart.
Re: Front lower arm replacement - David W
My guess is nearer £60 for an OE lower arm plus one hours labour....up to the same amount again at many places I guess.

I've one to do on the Mondeo TD I look after at its next service.

David
Re: Front lower arm replacement - honest john
Can't quote you on arm replacement parts. But having the front alignment laser checked and re-set (essential) will cost you £30 at Micheldever Tyres (see Scratchpad).

HJ
Re: Front lower arm replacement - ROBIN
I didnt do any of those things,I just observed that I didnt see what all the fuss is about.
I would not ,however,expect this from a so-called premium brand......but it still seems to happen.
The suspension bushes on my 6 year old 405 estate are all intact after 170k.
This is no Tesco car park cruiser.I fish in weird places,take it to ireland,tow boats.....Its also been seriously uprated.
And still has a bloody great flat spot all the way to 2000rpm!
Re: Front lower arm replacement - Mark (Brazil)
>.....Its also been seriously uprated.

Its deja vu, all over again.
Re: Front lower arm replacement - Andrew Smith
> --Its deja vu, all over again.

I think you may have a point
Re: Front lower arm replacement - ROBIN
I dont see the problem,you pranged a cheap car and the cheap parts bent,the likely cost of fixing it is minimal.
Dont,whatever you do,try this with a Merc,Audi,or BMW.
if you must,then just add a zero to the fag-money figures you appear to be moaning about.
Just to reassure you......they bend just as easy....
Try a Land Rover,any Land Rover,or any 4wd i can think of...experience a truly revolting driving experience,but they curb well...
Re: Front lower arm replacement - Andy
instead of lower it off the subframe and fitting the new arm that way, it has been said to me that cutting the bolt and fitting a new one in the reverse direction is quicker and easier, (therefore cheaper) and it is not in any way less safe?

Is that pure fanstasy and is it to be avoided at all costs, which is what is sounds like to me
 

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