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Acura MDX -- cost for new bushing?
« on: March 06, 2019, 12:06:08 PM »
I had the 60K mile service done on my 2014 Acura MDX yesterday and they noticed that the right front control arm bushing is torn. They're suggesting I replace it at my next oil change (probably won't be for another 9 months... I don't put a ton of miles on my car) and estimated the work will cost $615. The shop I take my car to is owned by an old family friend so normally I don't mind paying a bit more of a premium to support him (think: $80 for an oil change instead of Jiffy Lube prices) but I had a little sticker shock at $615. Of course, I know jack shit about cars, so maybe this is a normal estimate for that work.

I'm wondering if I should shop around to see if I can find somewhere it could be done for cheaper. I'm also going to need new rear brake pads and rear brake rotor resurfacing within the next year, and I definitely plan on shopping around for that, but I feel like tons of places can do brakes whereas maybe it's better to pay premium for something like a bushing repair to make sure it's done right?? Also what the fuck even is a bushing?????????

I should really learn more about cars...

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Re: Acura MDX -- cost for new bushing?
« Reply #1 on: March 06, 2019, 02:54:07 PM »
The interwebs says the average cost is $500 for bushings so with the family friend premium it seems reasonable.

Regarding brakes, this is super easy to do yourself if you are inclined to save some money.  I decided to try doing them myself on my car and had my wife do one set as I walked her through the steps.  When she got to the end she was absolutely shocked at how easy it was to do and now refuses to hire that service out.  I'd recommend you watch a youtube on a brake job for your model car just so you see what is involved.

For us the only tools we needed was the tire iron, car jack, a block of wood for safety, a wrench, a screw driver, and a hammer.  That's it.