Should there be bushings on rear suspension mounts?

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Asked by Oct 05, 2010 at 02:48 AM about the 2006 Ford Focus

Question type: Maintenance & Repair

I've been getting a really bad creaking and groaning from the rear end. I stuck my head under the back end and had someone bounce on the bumper and I think I have located the source...
There is a bolt at each end of the suspension arm that the coil springs sit in that is connected inside the crossmember in the back end. It doesn't show in the picture, but the end that is bolted inside the crossmember is twisted and I'm trying to figure out if something is missing from them. They just move freely, grinding metal on metal with no bushing of any kind that I can see, or it is there but so perished it might as well not be there.
Hopefully the pics give a good enough reference. Again, this is in the back, the suspension arm that runs from the wheel under the coil spring and sits inside the main crossmember. Thing is, if I have to get bushings, I don't know what part of the car this is...is it a rear suspension arm maybe? Something like that?
Also, to replace the bolt/bushing at the wheel end, do I have to compress the coil spring, or could I just stick a jack under there to put a little pressure on the spring enough to remove the bolt and replace the bushing? I suspect I'll have to compress the coil spring because this suspension arm has to drop low enough for me to push in the new bushing.
Thanks for your help
Kev

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YES your rubber bushings are gone,I dont think their is much pressure on the rear springs,a floor jack will work,but to be safe you may want to compress them a bit.

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Hi Thank you. When I go to get some bushings, what should I ask for? Is this the rear suspension arm? Would they know what I'm talking about? Thanks Kev

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correct,replace both sides.

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OK thank you Kev

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the bottom arm is called a dog bone and the upper bar that is curved is a dog leg funny as that sounds.. dont know where u are but my 01 focus i had to buy the whole arms couldnt just get the bushings for it. if there is such a bushing just the bushings i would love to know? ont canada

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