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Old 02-25-2013, 09:02 AM   #1
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Default LCA Replacement - DIY or dealer?

I'm curious if LCA replacement is a typical DIY job or if it's best done at the dealer.

(the reason is I see special tools listed in the TSB)

Has anyone done it themselves?
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Old 02-25-2013, 09:10 AM   #2
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if you choose to have it done professionally, i would buy the kit from pace and have a good mechanic do it and not the stealership. save a bunch that way.
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Dealership just quoted me $1,200 to do the job!!!!!
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Is the "front control arm kit" the LCA replacement parts on Pace's website? Unfortunately I think mine are finally starting to go again - 70,000 miles on them
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^Yes, and the kit comes with everything you need.

Install is about an hour.


$1200 is outrageous! Cost me around $350 total.
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Old 02-25-2013, 10:03 AM   #6
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^Yes, and the kit comes with everything you need.

Install is about an hour.


$1200 is outrageous! Cost me around $350 total.

Thanks but are specialized GM tools needed? Did you need anything special other then common mechanics tools?

The manual shows this tool as needed:


Is there an alternative?
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Dealership just quoted me $1,200 to do the job!!!!!
yeah right. that's 10 hours ! it's a 3 hr job, if that.
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other than sockets and normal tools, the only thing you need is a hammer to hit the side of the knuckle where the ball stud goes through to release the tension that holds it.
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I had the ball joint separator tool you show. It didn't work. A hammer did.

Do it yourself, it's not that difficult. If you decide to do it, take the 10 minutes per side to remove the inner fenderwells first. Makes getting at the forward bolt a lot easier.

Also, remember that proper procedure typically calls for putting it back together with the bolts almost tight, putting the wheels on, lowering the car so there's weight on it, then tightening the bolts with it on the ground (which is another reason to remove the inner fenderwells). Then, jack it back up, pull the wheels again, and replace the inner fenderwell covers.

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The hardest part for me was getting a wrench lined up with the bolt heads to perform the final tightening (after dropping the car from the jack-stands.) BigZub hit the nail on the head with his recommendation for pulling the fenderwell (and hammer for the ball-joint).
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Good year quoted me like 80 bucks per arm, per sway bar for install.
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sounds about right, 80-100 per arm
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Good to read this thread. I'll be tackling it myself if my front end clunk is the LCA again. Are the only options OEM and Spohn?
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Good to read this thread. I'll be tackling it myself if my front end clunk is the LCA again. Are the only options OEM and Spohn?
Moog appears to be having something coming out soon.
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Only options are:

OE
Pedders
Moog (soon)

any not listed are not something that i consider safe.
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^Yes, and the kit comes with everything you need.

Install is about an hour.


$1200 is outrageous! Cost me around $350 total.
Any idea if the MOOG part is going to be marketed as an upgraded piece? $350 sounds fairly good to me for stock stuff...
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Only options are:

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Pedders
Moog (soon)

any not listed are not something that i consider safe.
I tried to check on the Pedders pricing but someones site is down ;-(
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Any idea if the MOOG part is going to be marketed as an upgraded piece? $350 sounds fairly good to me for stock stuff...
I'd wait if it is new. GM isn't the only company to release LCAs that fail extremely quick.
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Only options are:

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Moog (soon)

any not listed are not something that i consider safe.
Hey Rob - how much are the Pedders LCAs?
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website is up, not sure if there was an issue or not.

pedders arms with bushings are 1093 shipped
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