Agreed. it is a simple and easy replacement on paper, but in reality there is a lot more effort required to remove those bolt joints. I was able to do it on 2015 L405 with 53k Miles, but only because I had prior experience with X5 which basically had the same front suspension (changed this part three times over 100k Miles on X5 V8. Aggressive acceleration and braking can eat these big bushings in 10k.)Hi All,
Please read before trying DIY. Arms are tough if not impossible to remove in your own garage.
I joined this forum just to write my experience with changing these control arms. I have a 2014 RR SC with 50,000 miles.
The vehicle is under CPO warranty until December 2020. The dealer told me the arms were bad during a planned service. However, they would not cover them under warranty. The dealer quoted $1,402.61 for ONE lower control arm. Several hours on the phone with Land Rover Dispute Resolution Center in New Jersey confirmed they have no intention of covering this under the CPO warranty.
I bought both the left and right lower control arms from FCP Europarts. I was really impressed with the shipping and quality of the new arms.
Land Rover Control Arm - Lemforder LR072471
Land Rover Control Arm - Lemforder LR072469
Both parts were $154.86 each, plus tax.
I attempted to change the control arms in my garage. I lifted up the car and placed it on jack stands. I removed the front bolts without any problems. I could not release the ball joint and ultimately failed to do so. The statement in the article "this one only needed a smack with a soft face mallet" was haunting me over the weekend. I spent the better part of a Friday evening and Saturday taking these out. I tried the following
Eventually, I threw in the towel. It was really upsetting, I do almost all repairs on my own vehicles and have never failed a project. I brought the car to an independent shop; which did a fantastic job and charged a fraction of what the dealer charged. They had to grind off the bolt head because my handy work with the 4lb had mushroomed the bolt. They also said they recently bought the $500 Land Rover tool since they have been having a lot of problems with these joints.
- hitting the bolt
- two hammer method
- pickle fork
- pickle fork air hammer
- air hammer on bolt
- splitter tool from harbor freight (p.s. doesn't work in this application)
- splitter tool from o'reillys (also doesn't fit)
- 4 lb sledge
- all with lots of penetrating oil.
Maybe you will get lucky when undertaking this task. But be prepared for some hard work, and disappointment.
The two new control arms have a huge impact on the handling and ride of the car. The joints were not visibly worn; even so, the car felt like driving on ice. It feels a lot tighter, huge improvement.
On a positive note.
I decided to change the brake pads and rotors at the same time as they were near end of life. Went with the Napa ones. Really impressed with the quality and price.
NAPA Ultra Premium Front Brake Pads Semi-Metallic UP UP8543M - $100/pair
NAPA Ultra Premium Front Brake Rotor Polymer Coated UP 880926CR - $115/each
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What did you want OP to leverage? A blowie to the service manager for free work when he's well out of warranty by both years and mileage? Just really confused by your statements.It amazes me how entitled and shortsighted and cheap most rich guys are. 8,000 of work, a brand new truck to me, and very small upfront investment. Not criticizing you, or your diy lca experience but if you leverage our collective wisdom on here you might save money and heartache!