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How useless are Halfords? (more car advice)

Discussion in 'Motoring' started by ~Kev H~, Mar 24, 2005.

  1. ~Kev H~

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    Just been into Halfords to find out how much replacement suspension bushings would be for my 1998 Fiesta, and the guy couldnt even tell me whether you can get the bushings on their own or have to replace the whole lower suspension arm.

    Does anyone have any experience changing these (see picture)? Last year when I had my MOT the guy told me that they were on the way out and he showed me where there was a small split in one with the car lifted off the ground.

    I think it would only cost about £25 to get a garage to do each side but I'm sure its the sort of thing you can do yourself.. anyone?

    Thanks in advance - Kev
     

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    That looks a tricky job. Depending on how well equipped you are and how much you value the skin on your knuckles you might want to consider paying a garage. Most will do fixed price jobs these days so you won't be left with an open ended bill
     
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    I don't know specifically for the Fiesta, but have a search on the web for a Ford specialist.

    If you're replacing the bushes with the same sort, then I'd buy them from Ford, and have them pressed into the arm by a machine shop (it will be tricky to do yourself, although it may be possible with a length of threaded bar, lots of grease, two sockets and two nuts).

    However, it may also be possible to buy a new poly bush, that fits together from each side of the arm. You could then cut the old bush out, and drop the new one in.

    I would go to the parts counter of your local Ford dealer, and ask them which way they would recommend. Halfords are, on the whole, entirely clueless when it comes to cars, unless your question is 'how much are these shiney wheels/speakers/cheap tat?'
     
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    That'll be the exclusive Halford's Chav range
     
  5. ~Kev H~

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    Thats the impression I was left with, if you want a rude-boy spoiler or a cheap mountain bike (a massive section of floorspace was dedicated just to bikes! :eek: ) then its the place to go. But as far as technical know-how at the spare parts desk.. I think handing you the right oil-filter for your make/model of car is about as technical as they get.

    I feel like a bit of a muppet getting this done by a garage (being in my 3rd year of an automotive engineering degree :rolleyes: ) but a mate I spoke to said he had heard of it taking 2 tonnes of force to get some old bushes out. It might be worth the money just to save myself the hassle.

    Thanks for the responses anyway - Kev :smashin:
     
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    It's true: it may take 2-tonne of force to press the new bush in (although you should be able to cut the old one out).

    But the polypropelene bushes are often available in two halves, so you don't have to press them into the arm.

    Alternatively, a machine shop could press the bush in for you, if you take the arm in. I bet they'd only charge a couple of quid: it's not a big job once the arm is off.
     
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    Halfords are the car equivalent of Currys.
     
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    My recent excursion to Halfords was for windscreen wipers. I went into Kingston and parked my car and did a few things which included going to Halfords at the other end of Kingston. My car is a 1991 H reg mk2 MR2 and for the MR2 they had 85-92 as one type and 92-99 as the other. I know for a fact that the mark change was in 1989 and I questioned the fact that the mk1 wipers would fit the early mk2 cars. "Oh yes" was the reply, "that's what it says in the book". Anyway, bought the 85-92 ones and sure enough, they were the wrong ones. They were very confused but at least changed them straight away and forget to charge me the extra.
     
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    One of the few advantages of using stores with 0 technical knowledge about the products they sell
     

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