A mechanic told me last week that the lower control arms on my 02 bugeye are failing and need to be replaced. Panicked, I immediately ordered new parts but then figured why not get a second opinion? Took it to a Suby dealership where I was told that they were not failing. He said the Subaru "test" is to poke the LCA with a steel rod and if the rod goes through, they're failing.
Now, that left me unreassured. Seems to me a LCA failure could occur well before a steel rod goes through it but then again I'm not the mechanic.
The LCA on my car have small spots of rust here and there but overall look okay. Not great, just okay. My ride isn't great (very bouncy) but I'm not sure the LCA have anything to do with that.
Anyway my question is this. Would it be a waste of money to have new ones installed just as a safety precaution? I mean, given Subaru has problems with this part, and given the catastrophe that can result from LCA failure, I'm tempted to do it.