Re: Control Arm bushing - Saab 9-5 Bulletin Board - Saabnet.com
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The control arm bushings MIGHT have been torqued when the suspension was in full "droop". The final tightening is supposed to be done with the suspension loaded (either the wheel on ground or the arm jacked carefully so the it has the full normal weight of the car on it. If it's tightened with the arm hanging down, it will put a considerable pre-load on the bushing and that can make them fail early.
Maybe you can casually ask your mechanic whether they typically load up the arm before torquing? Hard to get to this without possibly offending the mechanic, but you need to know it's done right.
Mark in Marine
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