Front Lower Control Arm Bushing Trouble?
In my '02 stock GT that I have had for the past 6 months (has got 69k miles), I have noticed more and more that the front end seems to wander a bit too much.
At first believed it was only that the crappy dealer installed replacement tires (hankook ventus) followed the grooves in the road bad (Missouri roads).
Then I noticed a clicking noise coming from under the front end when quickly turning from straight ahead, so I looked under the front end and discovered:
That the very front lower a-arm bushings seem to be worn out and the lower control arm is moving when I turn the wheel!
I was in an accident a couple months ago and there was some front end damage (although mostly rear), so I don't know if this could have contributed......it just doesn't seem like it would.
My questions are:
Is it common for these bushings to rott and wear by 70k miles?
Any violent wheel movement (like when I was run off the road into the ditch on the highway - the accident I spoke of) tear or break the bushings?
Where can I get aftermarket replacement bushings?
Do they make Polyurethane or Nylon replacements?
Thanks a bunch guys!