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Old 18-09-2012   #1
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Guide price for replacing radius arms?

Both near and offside wheels are showing signs of being "toed in", and up on the ramp at ATS the very pleasant chap was happy to show me the excessive play around the bushes at the rear.

He advised that replacing the bushes is possible, but that often times the bolts to the radius arms are a bugger to get out in one piece, and for the work involved it is probably a sensible move to replace the radius arms too.

The price quoted for replacing both sides, parts + labour + VAT was 470. I've not yet had time to phone around for other places to do this, but I thought I'd get a sense from here if anyone has any feel for whether this is in the right area price-wise. ATS are massively convenient for me, so I am prepared to pay a little over the odds, but don't want to be completely ripped off.

Any ideas on price? I believe the parts are somewhere in the region of 70 per radius arm?

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Re: Guide price for replacing radius arms?

Try http://www.carparts4less.co.uk - They've got them listed at 49.80 inc. Vat.

470 all in is way too pricey - Try an independent, they don't have fixed prices or the overheads and their work is mostly through recommendation, so are usually competitive and competent.
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Re: Guide price for replacing radius arms?

Cheers, the only problem I have is that there are no really "local" independents which will let me still get to work, or walk back home.

I called a main dealer today - they quoted 1175!!!! 12 hours of labour, plus parts totalling 260+VAT, so that makes the ATS quote look positively cheap!

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Re: Guide price for replacing radius arms?

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1175!!!! 12 hours of labour, plus parts totalling 260+VAT
72 an hour !
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Re: Guide price for replacing radius arms?

I'd still ask around, the potential saving is enough to cover a long taxi ride and still leave you smiling.
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Re: Guide price for replacing radius arms?

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Cheers, the only problem I have is that there are no really "local" independents which will let me still get to work, or walk back home.

I called a main dealer today - they quoted 1175!!!! 12 hours of labour, plus parts totalling 260+VAT, so that makes the ATS quote look positively cheap!

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Do you have a train station in Frodsham? You could go to the Olympic Garage in Rock Ferry as a good Fiat / Alfa Indie. You supply the parts and they will fit them and not burn a big hole in your pocket, there labour rate is 25 an hour.
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Re: Guide price for replacing radius arms?

Got both mine replaced by main dealer in Heswall for under 500.
By all accounts, a pig of a job.
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Re: Guide price for replacing radius arms?

It sounds as though there's a lot of lee-way for using a local mechanic and just replacing the bearings. A bearing set for both sides can be had from Shop4parts for around 35 delivered at the moment. A days labour from a one man mechanic should be no more than 300 max..

I guess I got lucky when I did mine as it was a very straightforward job - took about a morning, including fitting some grease nipples.

The trailing arms themselves are very robust. I think it's unlikely that they'll be the parts that need replacing. If you do replace them, there's also a very strong chance that you'll need to buy new ABS sensors as well, as they are a b1tch to get out without breaking them.
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