LW300 rear suspension

Discussion in 'Saturn L-series' started by Oppie, Jun 30, 2010.

  1. Oppie

    Oppie Guest

    Bushings are starting to go in the rear trailing arms. Ordered new trailing
    arms at $350 each (ouch!) as the bushings are about $90 each by themselves,
    made more sense to get the trailing arms. This appears to be just a bolt-in
    vs bushings which need to be pressed. At about 160K miles, can't really
    complain too much. It's still a good car.

    Oppie, Jun 30, 2010
  2. Oppie

    Oppie Guest

    Got the new trailing arms installed in about five hours. Amazingly, nothing
    else broke in the process. Impact wrench, torque wrench, rust penetrant
    (Kroil) and shop manual plus a good deal of muscle and common sense for the
    stuff the manual doesn't tell you. Still need to do a wheel alignment. I
    marked the outline of the trailing arm to chassis mounts with magic marker
    in order to get the alignment close as possible after the swap. Will
    probably do the front struts / strut mounts this fall. With the new trailing
    arms, already drives much better. The rear struts were replaced last summer.

    If anybody has need of the old arms, let me know. Once out, a machine shop
    can press in new bushings fairly easily.

    2001 lw300
    Oppie, Jul 12, 2010
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