I am new to the forum, and am trying to determine how hard of a job it is to replace the rear upper control arms on a 2008 Jeep Patriot Sport 4WD 2.4L 4cyl. The bushings connecting the control arm to the hub (I think it's the hub at least) are worn out, and hence the rear tires are loose and the vehicle won't pass inspection.
I did a pretty thorough search using google of this forum and nothing came up that was even closely related.
The vehicle only has 75K on it, and this seems like a 250K problem so that's annoying... but anyway... that's another story.
Here is a picture of the part. The photo is rotated 90 degrees counter clockwise from how it should be, but the control arm (with orientation references as pictured) is on the left center and is curling up and toward the top of the picture. It connects to the frame just out of sight, and then connect (i think) to the hub behind the rotor more or less in the center of the picture.
and here's a closeup
I feel like it should be a piece of cake to jack up the vehicle, put a jack stand under the rest of the suspension, unbolt the control arms, put in new control arms (and hence new bushings) and be done. But suspensions scare me. I feel like there is a distinct possibility I'll unbolt the control arms and stuff will start flying everywhere, or at the very least i'll end up being in a huge fight with the spring.
The dealership wanted 800$ for the job (200$ for 2 control arms, and something like 6-8 hours of labor).
The parts cost 150$ at another dealer across town and they were saying 1.1 hours per control arm. So with the varying opinions and blatant lies being exposed, at this point the job seems very doable to me. Any advice is GREATLY appreciated!!
On a related note, I have tried repeatedly to obtain a haynes repair manual or equivalent for my vehicle but with no luck. This would at least give me an idea of this problem... does anyone know if such a thing exists?
Thanks and sorry for jumping in right into this forum with a question.