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Best to buy a new LCA that comes complete with all new bushings and ball joint. Basically two large bolts and the ball joint that won’t be reused. Check the selection at Rock Auto and plug in the 5% discount to help with the shipping. There are some u-tube videos to get a visual on the replacement.
 

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How difficult level 1-10, 10 being timing belt job.
If you do the complete LCA as suggested, it's maybe a 4. It would be a 2 if you didn't have rust on the bolts, and if re-installing the LCA didn't require some juggling to get everything to line back up.

Don't bother replacing the bushings alone. Do consider doing the rest of the front suspension while you're in there. If the LCA bushings are gone, everything else is at least close.
 

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This is why Scotty Kilmer and I :) recommend a regular spritz with AT-205.


However, if you were unaware or failed to heed this sound advice and your bushings are too far gone, just replace the whole LCA, as mentioned above by members who know what they're talking about.
 

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I'm going to be doing mine this week. I bought this set on Amazon. Not sure of the quality, but at that price I could do it once a year and not really bat an eye at it.
 

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I noticed bushing for lower control arm on driver side is cracked and needs replacing, this is a 2005 Pilot. Anyone attempted to do this? How difficult level 1-10, 10 being timing belt job.
On initial inspection before I bought this was noticed. Mine look close to what I see in your pictures. I'm advised that if theres no pull or clunking that I can wait. But, they will need to be done if they clunk or alignment pull.
 

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Scottie never pleases to amaze with his advice and handy drama. Thanks for the replies, weekend of toil awaits.
 

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I noticed bushing for lower control arm on driver side is cracked and needs replacing, this is a 2005 Pilot. Anyone attempted to do this? How difficult level 1-10, 10 being timing belt job.
If it drives OK, no unusual tire wear, no clucking, I'd wait!!
 
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I've been eyeing the full front end kit. Unsure if extra linkage is needed?
One thing's for sure: that whole kit, which should be decent quality, is a way better deal at less than the cost of just one OEM LCA.

Plus you can add (or subtract, more precisely :)) the Piloteers 5% discount.

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Please enter this code in the ‘How Did You Hear about Us’ box to receive the discount. Please enter ONLY the discount code, no other words or numbers. All orders are placed online and the discount code must be entered before an order is submitted to receive the discount.
 

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I noticed bushing for lower control arm on driver side is cracked and needs replacing, this is a 2005 Pilot. Anyone attempted to do this? How difficult level 1-10, 10 being timing belt job.
Buy the control arm assembly. Change it yourself the first time in about 2 hours, 2nd time will take about an hour. Difficulty level I would put at 1-2. You do need a long prybar and a good sized hammer (2 or 3 pounder). Air tools make the job faster also. One trick I learned that saves a lot of time and frustration. Undo the nut, where the control arm attaches to the wheel assembly, a few turns. Drive around the yard or up and down the block while steering hard from side to side, brake hard, etc. Make the car rock back and forth a couple of times. This will pop the ball joint loose so you don't have to pound the pickle fork or worse have to red wrench it. Jack the car up, remove the wheel, undo the ball joint and move the wheel/strut assembly aside. Remove the 2 control arm bushing bolts, replace the control arm and reverse the process.
 

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I'm going to be doing mine this week. I bought this set on Amazon. Not sure of the quality, but at that price I could do it once a year and not really bat an eye at it.
I have been impressed with Delphi brand. Some of the cheap brands don't last.
 

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This is why Scotty Kilmer and I :) recommend a regular spritz with AT-205.


However, if you were unaware or failed to heed this sound advice and your bushings are too far gone, just replace the whole LCA, as mentioned above by members who know what they're talking about.
Scotty Kilmer is the best
 

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I need to do this as well. I’ve gone through the struts, axles, sways and bushings and yet I’ve started to get a “up and down wobble” when maintaining any speed under 70. Love my pilot but man am I losing my mind! For anyone reading this pilots are AMAZING... Mine just had a lil vacation in a field for about a year before I got it.
 
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