martinwinlow
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i-Miev Suspension Front Control Arm Bush Replacement

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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(link if that doesn't work - https://photos.app.goo.gl/bVgbuwYBzhHdwChZ6)

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https://photos.app.goo.gl/CEnNDfR9UZ6R5BG18
(Edit by JoeS - removed redundant https)

Regards, Martin
Isle of Colonsay
Scotland
kiev
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Front Suspension Control Arm Bushings

@martin

You started a thread in the read only section so nobody can reply there.
Edit by JoeS: just moved Martin's post over to here (above).

Let's see if the pictures will post here.
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i see where you have lots of dirt or corrosion (sand or salt) on your suspension
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On my 2012 car the top edge of the outer metal cylinder of the bushing extends ~10mm above the control arm. On yours it appears the metal rim has been knocked down nearly flush with the arm and the central rubber web of the bushing may have broken. It does appear to be a press-fit. Good luck and hope the replacement goes well.
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martinwinlow
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Re: i-Miev Suspension Front Control Arm Bush Replacement

Thanks Kiev and JoeS,

More haste less speed (in my posting)!

I am based on a small island off the west coast of Scotland and sand (and corrosion) is an issue. I try to keep the underside (and backs of panels etc) Waxoyled and the car is generally fairing very well - especially considering it has spent its entire (nearly 13 year) life up around this part of the world.

I will hopefully await confirmation of the part required and order a spring compressor in the meantime.
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Re: i-Miev Suspension Front Control Arm Bush Replacement

If you are planning to remove only the lower control arm, you do not need a spring compressor.
Remove the horizontal bolt that holds the front bush, the vertical one that goes through the damaged rear bush, and then unscrew and remove the shouldered nut and bolt that goes through the slot ground into the pin of the outer suspension ball joint within the split socket at the bottom of the Macpherson strut. All these fasteners are 17mm AF. The ball joint pin can then be driven out of the bottom of the strut, and the control arm rubber bushes pulled out of the front and rear subframe mounts.
I cannot see any positive location for the vertical height or depth of the outer metal sleeve of the rear bush. I have not tried to press this bush in either direction, but I suspect that it may not be removable - it may be spot-welded to the control arm.
martinwinlow
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Re: i-Miev Suspension Front Control Arm Bush Replacement

Thanks Eddie49. The manual does suggest the whole control arm comes as one piece but a post on the AEVA forum suggests the bushes are replaceable (intriguingly by one shared with one for a Volvo - https://www.forums.aeva.asn.au/viewtopi ... 430#p91430) but it not clear enough to warrant taking my car apart to find out...
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Re: i-Miev Suspension Front Control Arm Bush Replacement

i found a picture and description for the MAB-066 at an Australian parts shop that shows the stepped taper in the rubber ends such as what i saw on my 2012.

https://auto-parts.com.au/mab-066-rear- ... t-arm.html

[Also found on AU ebay site:
https://www.ebay.com.au/itm/263133879170 ]

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Genuine OEM Cross Reference:
MR316074, 4013A045, 4013A046, 4013A291, 4013A292, 3520.Y5, 3521.V6
IN STOCK SKUMAB-066
Special Price $11.80
$22.64

Description:
Please check OEM numbers above for fitment confirmation, below compatibility list is a guide only. If you are not sure please check the OEM number with your local genuine parts dealer or send us the VIN/Frame number so we can check for you. (We take no responisbility for costs or freight associated with wrong parts ordered):

MITSUBISHI CHARIOT GRANDIS N80,90# 1997.08-2003.04 [JPN]
MITSUBISHI RVR N60,70# 1997.09-2002.08 [JPN]
MITSUBISHI SPACE WAGON N80,90# 1998.07-2004.01 [EUR]
MITSUBISHI SPACE WAGON N84W 1997.08-2004.04 [GE]
MITSUBISHI CHARIOT/SPACE WAGON GRANDIS N84W/N94W 1997-2003
MITSUBISHI SPACE RUNNER N63,64W 1999.05-2002.08 [EUR]
MITSUBISHI SPACE WAGON N84W 1998.07-2004.01 [GE]
MITSUBISHI RVR N61W/N64W/N64WG/N71W/N73W/N73WG/N74W/N74WG 1997-2002
MITSUBISHI SPACE WAGON N84W 1998.07-2002.04 [GE]
MITSUBISHI I HA1W 2006.10- [GE]
MITSUBISHI I HA1W 2005.12-2006.08 [GE]
MITSUBISHI I HAD# 2007.02-2007.11 [EUR]
MITSUBISHI I-MIEV HA0# 2010.10- [NA]
MITSUBISHI I-MIEV HA4W 2009.06- [GE]
MITSUBISHI I-MIEV HA3W 2009.06- [GE]
MITSUBISHI I-MIEV HAD# 2009.06- [EUR]
CITROEN C-ZERO
PEUGEOT ION
CITROEN C-ZERO 2010-2014
MITSUBISHI I [AI] HA1W/HA3W 2007-2013
MITSUBISHI I-MIEV HA3W/HA3V/HA4W/H4V 2009-2014
PEUGEOT ION 2009-2014

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Can't find a diagram which shows the specific parts from Mits, but found the entire RH lower control arm for $225 from Mits direct. So they just replace the entire assembly and don't service bushings separately it seems. i ran into this with BMW thrust control arms, but eventually found the bushings and pressed them in myself.

https://www.mitsubishidirectparts.com/o ... Y3RyaWM%3D
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martinwinlow
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Re: i-Miev Suspension Front Control Arm Bush Replacement

Thanks Kiev. I've ordered a pair. I'll update this thread in due course.
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Re: i-Miev Suspension Front Control Arm Bush Replacement

I've got some front end noise on my 2012. My mechanic said to source lower control arm bushings and strut mounts.

I found the control arm bushings here:

https://febestparts.com/

MAB-DA1 $15.95USD FRONT BUSHING, FRONT CONTROL ARM
MAB-066 $21.95USD REAR BUSHING, FRONT CONTROL ARM

Any idea where I'd source the strut mounts? From the parts diagram at https://www.amayama.com/en/catalogs/mit ... pring-1154 I'm not exactly sure which part/parts I am after.

Andrew
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Re: i-Miev Suspension Front Control Arm Bush Replacement

i would replace all the rubber and plastic parts, e.g. the top and bottom spring protectors (rubber), the "bearing" and its cover plate (i suspect it is just a plastic plate and bushing), the isolator piece (likely rubber), plus i would replace any washers or nuts that get removed (this is standard practice in a dealers service shop).

A strut mount in my mind refers to the bearing carrier at the top of the strut that mounts to the car.
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Re: i-Miev Suspension Front Control Arm Bush Replacement

I took the parts diagram to my mechanic (https://www.amayama.com/en/catalogs/mit ... pring-1154) and we ordered everything from 40002 up.

I also ordered control arm assemblies instead of just bushings. The cost difference between the full assembly and the bushings+labour shouldn't be that much. With the full assembly, I also get new balljoints.

Andrew

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