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Hi All,

We've been informed the 'Caster' (sic) bushes on the front left lower control arm are looking like they've suffered some wear on our 2010 i-MIEV. Apparently these are only available as part of the whole control arm assembly, which would be about $915 in parts and labour. Apparently no-one sells the bushes by themselves.

So, whilst I'd pay the $915 if it was the only option, I'm wondering if it is possible these match a more commonly available part on another model or make? The other possibility is perhaps in a larger i-MIEV market (Japan or Norway) the bushes are more likely to be available as a replacement part outside the assembly.

I wonder also if anyone else has encountered this?

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These guys are the only listing for bushes for an I-Miev that I can find:

http://auto-parts.com.au/mab-da1s-front ... t-arm.html

If you click on the bush picture and view the second diagram it lists the MAB-020 and MAB-021 as the castor bushes but if you search these bushes on their site it does not list them as fitting the I-Miev specifically, but it might be worth contacting them and confirming.
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I'm not sure how you found that, I have spent some time looking! Thanks!

At least they have images of the part on their site, I can take a look at the part on the car to see if it looks similar. At this price it's a preventative maintenance item more so than a replace when failed.
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Found it on eBay. Says for Volvo but part number is MAB-DA1S as per previous link.
http://www.ebay.com.au/itm/VOLVO-S40-Fr ... 1915515291
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You could also look at Nolathane (religious arguments notwithstanding). Nolathane are easier to fit in this case as they press in from either side - still have to press the old ones out though.
I searched for Volvo S40 Mk2. Hopefully the auto-parts description is correct and it also fits iMiev.

(I don't like Nolathane much even though I'll be using them on the Vogue.)
http://www.nolathane.com.au/do_segue.ph ... F2004-2012
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could you just remake your own??

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Here's the rear bush for the front control arm:

http://febest.com.au/REAR_ARM_BUSHING_FRONT_ARM/MAB-066

I overlooked it last night when searching.
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TooQik wrote: Here's the rear bush for the front control arm:

http://febest.com.au/REAR_ARM_BUSHING_FRONT_ARM/MAB-066

I overlooked it last night when searching.
Good find. They have the front one as well (MAB-DA1S) and appear to validate that the front one is the same as that for Volvo S40.
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Thanks for the great finds everyone!
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Hi,

Apologies to those who may be offended by resurrecting this old thread.

I have a rattling suspension on my 2009 i-MiEV which appears to be coming from the rear bush located in what the workshop manual calls the 'Control Arm'. It sounds like it is the offside one that is making the noise but I plan to replace both sides.

I am wondering if anyone can confirm (see pic) that I need the item referred to earlier in this thread as 'MAB-066'?

Am I right in thinking the bush is a press-fit?
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Hi Martin,
martinwinlow wrote: Sat, 16 Apr 2022, 22:09 Apologies to those who may be offended by resurrecting this old thread.
I can't answer your question, sorry, but I will say we don't get stressed here about people resurrecting old threads.

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I'm glad to hear it. I really don't understand why an old thread should not be resurrected if it potentially helps someone else in the future - isn't that why we are all posting stuff in the first place?

I'm a bit surprised I've not had a more fulsome response. This must be a relatively common failure for the older cars. Nothing on the myimiev forum either...
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Might not be common enough. Mines got 190k on the clock and the bushes are all in pretty good condition.
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I should have updated this thread with how it turned out! I got a second opinion from a trusted mechanic who suggested that the tyre shop advising of the wear was just trying to drum up extra business. 30,000 km later and no issues.

Happy for the thread to get ressurected - To me the point of forums is that (unlike social media) it tends to create a useful reference at a later point in time.
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martinwinlow wrote: Mon, 18 Apr 2022, 16:56 I'm glad to hear it. I really don't understand why an old thread should not be resurrected if it potentially helps someone else in the future - isn't that why we are all posting stuff in the first place?

I'm a bit surprised I've not had a more fulsome response. This must be a relatively common failure for the older cars. Nothing on the myimiev forum either...
I'd be checking all the bolts for tightness and the nut that holds the strut insert in place before looking at replacing bushes. If there is a "loose" problem, including one caused by a worn bush, there will be light rusty marks around the problem area.

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Hi Mark,

I've got to change the front brake pads so I'll have another look before I start taking the suspension apart.

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Hi Martin,

Did you fix the rattle? Mine has a pretty horrible rattle from the front offside, certain road surfaces really get it going. I noticed the rearmost bush on the control arm looked quite perished (cracked) so hopefully that's the cause if a new £5 bush can be pressed in. Nice to be able to change just a bush instead of a whole arm!

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Hi Clive, It's still on my to-do list, I'm afraid. I've recently replaced all 4 tyres and front pads on my car. The rattle is annoying but not sufficiently so to warrant spending the time at the moment time to fix it. I have now got 2 sets of bushes as we have another 3 i-MiEVs here on the island and I drove one of them the other day that has an identical rattle to mine. Putting it up on the lift to check the brakes, I see it's rear bushes have the same worn, perished (as you say) look as mine, if not worse. I'll update this thread in due course - probably towards the end of June.
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