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    Unhappy Control Arms

    2012 with 61K miles. Shop says it needs control arms, bushings and ball joints. The whole front end is loose. First, what would cause it to need control arms so soon? Also, is it possible that bushings and ball joints would fix the problem? Looking at almost $1,400 for the whole deal. $700 for bushings and ball joints. Ouch!

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    Re: Control Arms

    Yeah, wow, I had a 2013 TDI with 242,000+ miles on it, and it needs
    nothing as far as engine or suspension. I sold it back, but I bought
    struts, lower ball joints, wheel bearings, and ended up not needing
    them. They will fit my 2015 TSI though.

    Lower ball joints are easy to replace, but don't bother with bushings
    unless you can press the other ones out, and new ones in. You can
    buy the lower control arms individually.

    Still, to be bad at 61,000 miles to my 242,000, is pretty bad...

    If you could do iy yourself, that would be the best way to go, buy the
    parts and put them on. Some lower control arms will come with
    ball joints on them. They are bolted on, not pressed in, so that's
    why they're kind'a easy to replace. I would also check your outer
    tie-rod ends.

    There are two different kinds of lower control arms:




    They're both listed for the MK6 cars, but the type mine used are the first picture. I think yours must
    be the second pic, for the Passat.

    Make sure you get the right ones.

    They're about $80.00 shipped, new, the first pictured ones.

    Ball Joints:


    Anywhere from $23.00 a pair and up.

    Whole KIT for front end for $75.00

    This is a Jetta MK6 kit, but they should have Passat ones.

    Ebay dude...

    Passat Kit:

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    Re: Control Arms

    I appreciate the info. No idea what caused them to go south at 61K miles. Curbs, maybe? It is my daughter's car, and she never met a curb she wouldn't bang into. I took it to a local shop this morning that specializes in VW, Audi, etc. He says it probably doesn't need control arms. Just bushings and ball joints and adjustment and alignment. We'll see. Still gonna set me back about $700. I am not terribly mechanical and wouldn't think of attempting it, especially on a VDub. I'll let you know how it turns out. He said he would have it done in a couple of days.

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    Re: Control Arms

    Bushings can cost the same as new parts, the time to remove and press the one in.
    The big one there, on the left side of that bottom arm, is a replaceable part, if
    it is just that bushing, you're good. If it's the one on the right side, bottom pic, that
    one needs pressed out, and the new one pressed in. Yeah, bushings are much cheaper,
    but $65.00 an hour shop labor for pressing in and out, adds up. Replacing the
    whole arm, with that ball joint, few hours each side... The ball joint torque is
    you tighten to XX ft-lbs, then another quarter turn, something like that...

    While I am mechanically inclined, I would not attempt a press in and out
    of a bushing. I can replace whole parts, which is what I would do on my
    own.

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