Mechanic tells you your 2002 325CI needs front end bushings. 40k miles Is that possible?
yes, this is a very common thing. the proper term is front thrust rod bushings, they wear out, the way to tell if they wear out is if going slow and you step on the brake you should feel the steering wheel jump up and down slightly, the car overall should feel loose in the front end when pressing the brake suddenly. the only way to fix this is to replace the bushings, good luck.
If the Saturn Vue is anything like the Saturn ION, chances are it's the front sway bar bushings. A design flaw caused them to wear out prematurely. This causes a clunking noise when going over bumps. It is also very possible that it is a front control arm bushing. Start with the sway bar bushings (since they are cheap) then check the control arm bushings.
Can the front control arm bushings be replaced in a 1993 Nissan Altima or do you have to replace the control arms?
Use a ball joint press. You can get one from Harbor Freight. You'll most likely need the accessory kit as well. You can use the press in different configuration to press the old bushings out, and the new bushings in. Even the front upper bushings in the axle can be pressed out, although it may be a little tricky setting up the ball joint press to do the job.
Suspension or bushings bad on a 1997 4x4 s-10 Blazer front-end squeak over every bump when moving if you push down on the front It sounds like a rusty spring but could it also be the bushings?
One possible cause can be worn Sway Bar bushings. You can check them by slipping under the front of the vehicle park on a flat surface with the engine off). Grab the Sway Bar using a good amount of force with your hand, wiggle the bar back and forth while looking at the bushings. The bushings are lubricated when new. You may be able to extend their life and get ride of the thumping by…