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Troubleshooting Vertical Control Arm Bushing Failure


The Problem

On many late model vehicles like the Chrysler Sebring & Cirrus, Dodge Stratus & Neon, Chevrolet Cobalt & Malibu and Honda Odyssey, OE-style bushings are made of hard rubber bonded to the housing and sleeve. During suspension travel, the rubber of the vertical bushing is stretched and compressed. This repeated stress can lead to the rubber separating from the housing or bolt sleeve in as little as 30,000 miles. In addition, when replacing with a similar OE-style bushing, the hard rubber makes it difficult to align the sleeve with the hole in the frame. Installing the bolt is typically very difficult.

Rubber separates from inner sleeve and outer housing; Deteriorated rubber bushing; Bushing outer housing may remain in control arm; OE-style bushing

The Solution

The patented MOOG® Problem Solver® control arm bushing features an innovative ball-and-socket design that eliminates the rubber expansion and compression that leads to premature failure in traditional rubber bushings.

The new MOOG design provides improved steering and handling feel while lasting up to 10 times longer than traditional hard-rubber bushings.

The control arm bushing assembly is permanently lubricated and sealed with premium MOOG boots to prevent contamination.

The exclusive MOOG bushing design also makes it easier to install the control arm assembly by allowing the technician to easily align the bushing sleeve to insert the bolt, saving time and frustration.

Technician aligning the bushing sleeve to the hole.

Technician can easily align the bushing sleeve to the bolt hole.

MOOG® Problem Solver® control arm bushing.

Design allows smooth rotational movement.

MOOG® Problem Solver® control arm bushing inside focus on ball and socket design.

Sealed MOOG polyurethane boot keeps contaminants out.
Exclusive ball & socket design.
Permanently lubricated assembly.

Part Chart

K200785 Chrysler Cirrus 1995-2000; Sebring 1996-2006;
Dodge Stratus 1995-2006; Plymouth Breeze 1996-2000
K200786 Lexus ES300 1991-2001; Toyota Avalon 1995-2001;
Camry 1992-2001
K200787 Buick Allure 2005-2009; Century 1997-2005;
LaCrosse 2005-2009; Regal 1997-2004;
Rendezvous 2002-2007; Terraza 2005-2007;
Chevrolet Impala 2000-2011; Monte Carlo 2000-2007;
Uplander 2005-2008; Venture 1999-2005;
Oldsmobile Intrigue 1998-2002; Silhouette 1997-2004;
Pontiac Aztek 2001-2005; Grand Prix 1997-2008
K200788 Honda Odyssey 1999-2004
K200789 Buick Skylark 1994-1998; Chevrolet Beretta 1994-1996;
Corsica 1994-1996; Oldsmobile Achieva 1994-1998;
Pontiac Grand Am 1994-1998
K200790 Chevrolet Camaro 1993-2002;
Pontiac Firebird 1993-2002
K200791 Dodge Neon 1995-1999;
Plymouth Neon 1995-1999
K200792 Chevrolet Cavalier 1995-2005; Classic 2004-2005;
Cobalt 2005-2010; HHR 2006-2011;
Malibu 1997-2003; Oldsmobile Alero 1999-2004;
Cutlass 1997-1999; Pontiac G5 2007-2010;
Grand Am 2000-2005; Pursuit 2005-2006;
Sunfire 1995-2005; Saturn Ion 2004-2007;
Ion-1 2003-2005; Ion-2 2004-2007; Ion-3 2007
K200795 Ford Escape 2001-2004;
Mazda Tribute 2001-2004
K200797 Chrysler Neon 2000-2002; PT Cruiser 2001-2010;
Dodge Neon 2000-2005; SX 2.0 2003-2005;
Plymouth Neon 2000-2001
K200799 Honda Civic 2001-2005
K200800 Dodge Caliber 2007-2012; Jeep Compass 2007-2014;
Patriot 2007-2014
K200912 2010-2019 Lexus RX350 & RX450h; 2013-2018 Toyota Avalon;
2002 -2017 Camry; 2001-2015 Highlander;
2009-2015 Venza; 2004-2010 Sienna;
2002-2003 Lexus ES300
K200913 1998-2003 Toyota Sienna; 1999-2003 Solara;
1995-1997 Avalon
K201285 2006-2011 Chevrolet HHR; 2005-2010 Cobalt;
2007-2010 Pontiac G5; 2006 Pursuit
K201629 2001-2006 Acura MDX; 2003-2006 Honda Pilot
K201630 2011-2018 Volkswagen Jetta; 2012-2017 Beetle;
2012 -2017 Passat
K201633 2014-2019 Nissan Rogue
K201658 2003-2006 Hyundai Elantra; 2003-2006 Tiburon
K201716 2004-2011 Chevrolet Aveo; 2009-2011 Aveo5;
2009-2010 Pontiac G3; 2009 G3 Wave;
2005-2008 Wave; 2007 Wave5

Also available preinstalled on select MOOG control arms.

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Tags: Control Arms, Bushings
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