Both rear control arms!! Are you kidding?! - Chevy Traverse Forum: Chevrolet Traverse Forum
 1Likes
Reply
 
LinkBack Thread Tools
post #1 of 37 (permalink) Old 11-22-2011, 04:12 PM Thread Starter
Junior Member
 
Join Date: Sep 2009
Posts: 13
Both rear control arms!! Are you kidding?!

Ok, I would like some help on this one. I own a 2009 Traverse with 63k overwhelmingly highway miles. Been great so far.

Went to replace all four tires and got a great deal but the place did not do alignments but recommended someone. Took it today and the place told me the bushings on BOTH rear control arms were shot and they couldn't do the 4 wheel alignment until they were replaced. He called the dealer and you can't just replace the bushings--the whole control arm has to be replaced. For both the cost is roughly $750!!

Has anyone else had this experience?! I have taken excellent care of this vehicle and it's barely two years old. I could not find any recalls related to this issue on the internet and of course I'm way over the mileage limit for the standard warranty. I'm sure that this won't be covered under powertrain warranty either.

I could really use some insight on this. I have been a proud GM supporter, but if this is the case after two years it really gives me pause.

Thanks in advance for your help,

JS
jackstar is offline  
post #2 of 37 (permalink) Old 11-22-2011, 05:48 PM
Senior Member
 
Join Date: Nov 2008
Posts: 10,845
Re: Both rear control arms!! Are you kidding?!

I have not seen post on this on the lambda forums that I can remember.

I suggest you go try another shop- and get a 2nd opinion....

2010 FWD LT1-Gold Mist Metallic- seats 8.
Build Date- July 31, 2009-2nd day of Spring Hill 2010 production.

2013 Equinox 3.6L - 88,000
2010 Traverse 3.6L- 153,000
2003 Trailblazer 4.2L- 181,500
rbarrios is online now  
post #3 of 37 (permalink) Old 11-22-2011, 06:11 PM
Member
 
Join Date: Feb 2011
Posts: 89
Re: Both rear control arms!! Are you kidding?!

Had to replace both on the front of a 2000 Grand prix after 10 years and 100k miles so I wonder about 63k miles on a very heavy vehicle no matter how many years. Seems fishy?

2014 1LT CYBER GREY<br />7-pass. / Towing pkg. / All Star Edition<br />2013 SONIC RS<br />2000 CHEVY CAMARO SS
SSTODD is offline  
post #4 of 37 (permalink) Old 11-22-2011, 06:22 PM
Senior Member
 
Join Date: May 2010
Posts: 1,071
Re: Both rear control arms!! Are you kidding?!

I agree with the suggestions about having another shop look at them, without saying anything to them about being told they were bad.

Do you have abnormal wear on the tires, or any handling problems? You mentioned 63000 miles. If these were still the original tires, I doubt if you have any suspension problems. If the old tires looked good, I wouldn't worry about what you were told until you actually confirm that. No abnormal wear on the old tires would mean I wouldn't replace the control arms, yet alone even get an alignment. I would watch for any unusual wear and rotate the tires every 5000 miles.

The Buick Rendezvous, if I recall, had the same type of situation if a bushing went bad. You could not replace just the bushing, you had to do the whole assembly. If you do find you need replacements, I suggested you contact one of the sponsors on the Acadia board. His name is Schram Auto Parts and he deals in late model GM vehicles. I purchased parts in the past from him, and was extremely pleased with the quality, price, and service.

2010 Summit White Traverse LTZ,&nbsp; SOLD 4/2012 <br />2015 Traverse 2LT Siren Red Tintcoat-36 Month Lease
ls973800 is offline  
post #5 of 37 (permalink) Old 11-22-2011, 07:45 PM
Senior Member
 
Join Date: Jan 2010
Posts: 1,779
Re: Both rear control arms!! Are you kidding?!

Yes it sounds like a shop scamming money.. Worst part is the will charge you for your bushings and never do the work

2013 Traverse FWD LT1&nbsp; Black Granite<br />&nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp;&nbsp; All-Star Edition.
bigbluetraverse is offline  
post #6 of 37 (permalink) Old 11-23-2011, 11:45 AM
Senior Member
 
Join Date: Nov 2008
Posts: 10,845
Re: Both rear control arms!! Are you kidding?!

and if you do decide to change them-- Id go and mark those suckers-- OLD PART or FACTORY.. Maybe etch it in.. or permanent marker..
in case they try to pull a fast one

2010 FWD LT1-Gold Mist Metallic- seats 8.
Build Date- July 31, 2009-2nd day of Spring Hill 2010 production.

2013 Equinox 3.6L - 88,000
2010 Traverse 3.6L- 153,000
2003 Trailblazer 4.2L- 181,500
rbarrios is online now  
post #7 of 37 (permalink) Old 11-23-2011, 04:45 PM Thread Starter
Junior Member
 
Join Date: Sep 2009
Posts: 13
Re: Both rear control arms!! Are you kidding?!

Thanks to everyone who replied. Today I took the vehicle to the best alignment guy in town (couldn't get in there before) and he did the four wheel alignment no problem. Only minor toe/camber issues up front but nothing said regarding the control arms/bushings in back. The Traverse runs straight and true.

That is the first time someone has blatantly tried to rip me off like that. I didn't think it seemed right, but I appreciate the insight on the board about it here. Thanks again and Happy Thanksgiving.

JS
jackstar is offline  
post #8 of 37 (permalink) Old 11-23-2011, 06:00 PM
Senior Member
 
Join Date: May 2010
Posts: 1,071
Re: Both rear control arms!! Are you kidding?!

Glad things worked out for you and you didn't throw $750.00 down the drain!

2010 Summit White Traverse LTZ,&nbsp; SOLD 4/2012 <br />2015 Traverse 2LT Siren Red Tintcoat-36 Month Lease
ls973800 is offline  
post #9 of 37 (permalink) Old 11-23-2011, 06:59 PM
Senior Member
 
Join Date: Jan 2010
Posts: 1,779
Re: Both rear control arms!! Are you kidding?!

Now file a complaint with the BBB on them...

2013 Traverse FWD LT1&nbsp; Black Granite<br />&nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp;&nbsp; All-Star Edition.
bigbluetraverse is offline  
post #10 of 37 (permalink) Old 11-24-2011, 12:12 AM
Senior Member
 
Join Date: Nov 2008
Posts: 10,845
Re: Both rear control arms!! Are you kidding?!

nice!!! glad to hear this outcome.

2010 FWD LT1-Gold Mist Metallic- seats 8.
Build Date- July 31, 2009-2nd day of Spring Hill 2010 production.

2013 Equinox 3.6L - 88,000
2010 Traverse 3.6L- 153,000
2003 Trailblazer 4.2L- 181,500
rbarrios is online now  
Reply

Quick Reply
Message:
Options

Register Now



In order to be able to post messages on the Chevy Traverse Forum: Chevrolet Traverse Forum forums, you must first register.
Please enter your desired user name, your email address and other required details in the form below.

User Name:
Password
Please enter a password for your user account. Note that passwords are case-sensitive.

Password:


Confirm Password:
Email Address
Please enter a valid email address for yourself.

Email Address:
OR

Log-in










Thread Tools
Show Printable Version Show Printable Version
Email this Page Email this Page



Posting Rules  
You may post new threads
You may post replies
You may not post attachments
You may not edit your posts

BB code is On
Smilies are On
[IMG] code is On
HTML code is Off
Trackbacks are On
Pingbacks are On
Refbacks are On

 
For the best viewing experience please update your browser to Google Chrome