Front compliance bushings may crack and break. Damaged bushing should be replaced before damaged is done to suspension components.
Car Problem Reports
Honda Civic Front Compliance Bushings May Crack
Honda Civic Problem
Average Mileage: 116,462 mi (45,000 mi - 188,000 mi)
Visitor, 2002 Honda Civic, 150,000 mi
Right side bushing was completely destroyed causing a clunking noise over uneven roads, and left side was cracking. Replaced the lower control arms myself. Easy fix using basic tools and total cost was around $130.
Visitor, 2001 Honda Civic, 125,000 mi
Diagnosis around 80,000 miles. They were replaced by the dealership.
Visitor, 2002 Honda Civic, 141,713 mi
Front compliance bushings have been cracking and now need to be replaced
Visitor, 2002 Honda Civic, 97,000 mi
Bushings are cracked in the front. I was told that it was pretty typical wear and tear for this mileage. Requires bushings to be repaired for around $700.
Visitor, 2002 Honda Civic, 170,000 mi
Compliance bushings tearing, not yet repaired as I've done this twice already.
CONTROL ARM BUSHINGS ARE CRACKED AND ALSO ENGINE MOUNTS IM JUST SPRAYING THEM WITH WD40 AND THEY LOOK BETTER AGAIN
Same issue, was told by the Honda dealership mechanic that the bushings need to be replaced. He pointed it out to me and I looked and that was the case. Quoted $385 to replace both sides at Norm Reeves Honda at Cerritos.
Visitor, 2001 Honda Civic, 96,000 mi
Lower Arm bushings are torn
Visitor, 2007 Honda Civic, 120,000 mi
Had to replace front control arm bushings. $435
Visitor, 2007 Honda Civic, 61,000 mi
In for routine maintenance, dealer found cracked compliance bushings - in addition to cupping in the tires (likely a result of the compliance bushings being cracked). Was told to wait, they would monitor the crack and replace when necessary. Quoted $660 for the replacement and a mandatory alignment at $110.