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[Vectra C] [02-08] Rear lower control arm (Bush)

Discussion in 'Cavalier, Calibra, Vectra, Signum, Sintra & Insignia owners forum' started by spike1969, Jul 12, 2010.

  1. spike1969

    spike1969 Member

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    Hi, I have a siezed bolt on the rear lower control arm which has sheared off. It's the one used to adjust the tracking/camber. I've got replacement bolts for it, but my local garage have stated that if they have to use heat to get the bolt out, it could damage the bush.

    The car is a 53 Vectra 2.2 Dti automatic.

    Vauxhall have stated that the bush in the lower control arm is a non servicable part, and I'll need to buy a new lower control arm which includes the bush. They want £80 for it so my question is :-

    Are there any other places that sell these - I've had a search and can't find any.
    Or - Can the bushes be replaced in these, and where can I buy just the bushes from ?

    I am going to replace the bolts in both the OSR and NSR so don't want to end up forking out £160 for 2 new arms. The bolts, washers and nuts only cost £7 for both sides so the garage are going to try and remove them without damaging the bush, but if they do damage it, I'll need to get replacement arms/bushes v. quickly.

    Thanks, Anthony.
  2. DarmonGeezer

    DarmonGeezer This Site is For Volvos, Right? VxON Club Member

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    I'm unclear which component you mean - you mention it's the one used to adjust the tracking - that's the track rod and doesn't sound like the one you describe.
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    Hmm, it was described as the lower control arm but I'm not 100% sure what it's called. Are you on about the front one or the rear. My issue is with the rear one. It's the one with the concentric washer which adjusts the rear tracking. It doesn't look like a rod, it's more of a rectangular box (when viewed from the side).

    Now I've had a look under the car from the rear, it's the bar in front (I.E nearer to the front of the car) of the main one which the spring sits on.
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    DarmonGeezer This Site is For Volvos, Right? VxON Club Member

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    If it's the rear, then do you mean the banana-shaped bar at the top? (I know you've mentioned "lower", but the upper control arm is the one which commonly has failed bushes in it).
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    No, it's the lower one. I wish I could find a picture of it to post up and confirm, but I can't :(. The bushes are fine at the moment, but the mechanic is worried he'll wreck them if he has to heat them up to get the sheared bolt out. I'll try and search some more to find a picture of it.
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    OK, I think the bolt I'm on about is shown in this picture circled in green. This has sheared off and I've been told that there is a bush inside which may be damaged if they have to heat it up to get the bolt out. Can anyone confirm this is the bolt they would use to adjust the rear tracking/camber (and what this part is called :) ).

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    I can't see a separate bush listed for it on EPC. £80 - is that the retail price or the trade price that the garage would buy it for?
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    £80 is the retail price (Trade price was £66 or so). The dealer said that they didn't sell the bush seperately, hence why I'd have to buy the whole arm (or whatever it's called) as the bush comes integrated in it.
  9. erroneusbogz

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    that bolt is going through a bush,but to adjust the tracking its the 3 bolts forward of that they need to use, they surround the trailing arm bush undo move the arm retighten when aligined,a torch on the point you have highlighted will 100% burn the bush

    you can buy those arms off ebay cheaper

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