Carriage Bushings - 2000 Concorde

Discussion in 'Concorde' started by jaygreg, Nov 30, 2008.

  1. jaygreg

    jaygreg Guest

    A mechanic gave my car a once over an pointed out that carriage
    bushings are an Achilles heel of this car. It has 100000 miles on it
    but is well maintained... or so I thought. The mechanic said the model
    is known for the rubber bushing deteriorating then forcing a big
    repair bill.

    Q1) Is there some lubricant or conditioner that can retard the

    Q2) Cost to repair please?
    jaygreg, Nov 30, 2008
  2. jaygreg

    Bill Putney Guest

    Let's take this one step at a time.

    I own two 2nd gen. Concordes - both with over 100k miles - one with 210k
    miles on it.

    Which bushings is the mechanic talking about? There are some bushings
    that do wear out - you simply replace them. Nothing catastrophic.

    The likely ones to need replacing over the life of the vehicle are inner
    tie rod bushings, sway bar bushings (and the sway bar end links), and
    the control arm bushings (replace control arms - they come with the
    bushings). Other than those, the engine cradle bushings can be pricey,
    but they can easily last the life of the car - mine are all still original.

    Are you in a heavy rust belt? If so, that can make the replacement of
    the cradle bushings a PITA and expensive.
    Bill Putney, Nov 30, 2008
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