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Powerflex LCA bushings disintegrated...

Discussion in 'DIY (Do-It-Yourself)' started by 327350, Jun 5, 2009.

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    327350

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    I have to say that for the 17k that they lasted, they were great! In an unrelalted question I had posed to Mike Miller, I mentioned that I had the PF bushings on the car and he warned me that they couldn't go the distance. He was right.

    All appeared to be going well on the way to work about a month ago and all of a sudden, while stopping for a stop sign - BOOM!....the outer part of the bushing simply blew apart! The next time I stopped, it outer part was gone completely,,, just the inner collar on the LCA was inside the lollipop bushing holder. Plenty of LCA slop now!

    The drive home was breathtaking! Between the horrible sound of the arm crashing around in the empty lollipop, there was the constant wandering around while driving, and using the brakes was a real trip.

    I ordered the heavy duty LCA bushings from Bav auto and installed them the next weekend; they are very nice. While I was at it,I put new rear shock mounts on and new rear sway bar end links to round out the job. I hadn't realized how much I had lost! The only bad part was that the sound proofing material that BMW uses in the trunk area fell apart, probably from age. I blew it off and put the car back together. I can tell you the trunk lining will be coming right back out as soon as I can get my hands on some sort of sound proofing materials to put in the trunk! Tire noise city!!!

    At any rate, for those of you who have the PF LCA bushings on your car, I would recommend taking a gander at them periodically to make sure they look OK - no cracking or measurable slop. If you see anything, you might want to start putting an action plan in place - just in case!!

    Cheers all! 327350
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    What type of car is this? I had a set of UCABs develop lots of play on my 88 M5 and am now looking into making a pair of ball joint bushings.
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    I'm sorry, I should have included the cars' info

    This is on my '02 330ci. Basically, what I am saying is that like any E46 Lower control arm bushing, it should be inspected regularly. Also, not bashing Power Flex bushings; like I said, I absolutely loved them, Sorry for not including model info.

    Here lately, I sometimes wonder where my head is at ......

    Cheers! 327350

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