My car (1999 volkwagon jetta) needs lower control arm bushings. Is it recommended that a certified perfessional do the work or possible the novice do- it -your -selfer can do satifisfactory work. Will car stands give enough clearance to work?
A novice can do it. You should not need any special tools if it is anything like my wife's '03 Beetle. Just a metric tool set and a rubber mallet. Jack stands will give you the clearance you need to work. I would use the highest setting on them though. One recommendation... While you have it a part, change your lower ball joints too.
save your time and install a brand new piece, a whole control arm. it is not worth the hassle,plus the part is not an expensive .
I completey agree with Michael on the ball joints. Check out this link: http://store.blackforestindustries.com/coarwipobuan1.html BFI is a great source. Another good one is ECS Tuning: http://www.ecstuning.com/Volkswagen-Jetta_IV--2.0/Suspension/Control_Arm/
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