I have a 2003 Subaru Forester which I just got back from the dealer for replacement of both front control arms. After much persuasion I convinced the dealer to do the replacement as a recall , but I had to supply replacement rear bushings. The bushings I supplied are aftermarket (Febest) and did not include the two washer shaped bushings that fit on either end of the main rear bushing so I told the dealer to reuse the old washer type bushings. They left the end bush pieces out. Any idea how much of a problem this is?


Asked by Oct 01, 2016 at 07:46 PM about the Subaru Forester

Question type: Maintenance & Repair

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Bring that car back and have then install them

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Thank you Joemom. At this time I have had the car back to the dealer two times for this repair and I do not trust them. Three pictures attached, right and left side bushings as installed by the dealer (without side bushings), and a used control arm I purchased on Ebay before I convinced the dealer to do the recall repair which shows the missing bushings. Does anyone know where I can purchase just the missing side bushings? Thanks very much.


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There's no separate part number? Since the bushings are the relatively short-lived part in this assy I'd get this remedied. Pressing in the rears is a pita, but is crucial to bump-tracking at speed.

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