Premature Tire Wear Due to Cracked Lower Control Arm Bushings on Mercedes-Benz CLK430

Problem Description and Possible Solution

Irregular and premature tire wear can be caused by the lower control arm bushings cracking, resulting excessive movement at the control arm pivot point. Ball joints can also wear out prematurely, causing similar tire wear symptoms. I some cases it may be necessary to replace the lower control arm, including bushings & ball joint to correct this concern.

Problem Data
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Average mileage: 68,500 (10,000–180,000)
5 model years affected: 1999, 2000, 2001, 2002, more2003
10 people reported this problem
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For some reason, I have to replace the front lower control arm bushings about every year as they crack/break and these are dealer parts.Not sure about the quality of CLK's these days.