A Hello, and a cry for help - front control arms
I recently needed to get a new daily driver due to starting a new job. To cut a long story short I managed to go from thinking of a pug 106, to a mondeo, to a 1.9Tdi A4... and then I ended up with a V6 quattro. :rockwoot:
So I have it, and it's great a '98 with sports interior and some nice toys, really nice drive, surprisingly good stereo. The only thing that is a problem is the front control arms are obviously not happy (although I didn't notice on test drive, only on the way home when I detected a slight wandering under acceleration).
Right, so I definitely have a knocking from the drivers side going over bumps/speed humps and had a look. JAcked it up slightly and took these photos
Comparing that to the other side, the bushing to the top right seems to have come adrift from the arm :( I assume I need to get this sorted ASAP, and will drive very carefully, but I am assuming it should be ok to drive like this for a couple of errands I have?
So is it reparable? Can I push the bushing back in and refit (I assume I'd need a circlip or something?)?
I also saw this when searching for front control arm:
http://www.part-box.com/audivw-front-upper-arm-to-chassis-bush-p-17483.html Could I just replace the bushing with one of these, if you dont think I could mend the one I have?
I've seen the entire control arm sets on ebay - (http://cgi.ebay.co.uk/SUSPENSION-CONTROL-ARM-SET-AUDI-A4-B5-A6-VW-PASSAT-3B_W0QQitemZ330360124146QQcmdZViewItemQQptZUK_Cars Parts_Vehicles_CarParts_SM?hash=item4ceaff72f2&_tr ksid=p3286.c0.m14) - that's a damn good price, and I'd just do the whole lot or is this a bad idea? Obviously money is a consideration.
I've seen this guide here
which seems to show me most of what to do if I went for all arms replacement.
If I just wanted to repair what I have, would I have to totally strip it down, or could I undo bottom shock mount, then the suspension arm and fit bush?
Sorry to come on here and plead for help, especially on a topic done to death no doubt, but some assurance/guidance would be most appreciated.... and I know not whether I can fix as-is, fit with new bush, get new arm set off ebay.... or if you don't recommend any of this, new arms from Audi I guess? :/
FWIW I love it, it's a very nice car and I'm certain it will be a great toy to get me into work over those winter months.