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Need help identifying bushings

While trying to diagnose a front end clunk I noticed the bushing in the pic below is cracked and rotted. Can someone please point out what this part is called? Is this the "front lower control arm to frame bushing" in Rockauto lingo?



And I know this is in the rear but, it looks like it also needs replacing. This is the "rear lower inner" control arm bushing correct?

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1) Yes

2) I think it's called Rear Lower Forward Inner. you have the toe compensator there too.

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MN12 Control Arm Bushings

MN12 Front Lower Control Arm Bushings.JPG







MN12 Rear Lower Control Arm Bushings.JPG

The Rear Lower Knuckle Bushings are not available on RockAuto..






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Sure, just fix the 'strut' part on the front LCA diagram...

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The open hole on the LCA next to the SHOCK bushing is the only one you can identify as a strut bushing, even though there is no bushing in it in that picture

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The strut bushings have been well documented in various threads..So I saw no need to add them to the Lower Control Arm bushing diagrams..









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The strut bushings have been well documented in various threads..So I saw no need to add them to the Lower Control Arm bushing diagrams..



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The open hole on the LCA next to the SHOCK bushing is the only one you can identify as a strut bushing, even though there is no bushing in it in that picture
All the parts vendors seem to call these strut bushings, leading one to believe these cars have struts, not shocks.

On another note, only Motorcraft replacements should be used for this, correct? I remember reading horror stories from using Moog and other aftermarket brands.
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All the parts vendors seem to call these strut bushings, leading one to believe these cars have struts, not shocks.
Ehhhh.... try again. The strut is part of the steering geometry. The front shocks on MN12s are not. Just being a coilover doesn't make it a strut.

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Those descriptors are not correct. The top one should read "rear lower control arm to frame bushings", of which you have a front (left side of picture) and rear (right side of picture). The bottom one should read "rear knuckle to lower control arm bushings". The "lateral link steel bushing" is more frequently/accurately described as the "toe link compensator".

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After a second look at the Ford diagram..It appears I did have my diagram mislabeled..It's been corrected in my original post..Thanks..
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That still isn't correct. The two lower knuckle to LCA bushings are not the same as the LCA to frame front bushing.

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After a third look at the Ford diagram..It appears I did have my diagram mislabeled..It's been corrected in my original post..Thanks..

I created these diagrams so anyone could easily order the correct parts from RockAuto or the vendor of their choice..

Your terminology may be more correct, but it doesn't compute on RockAuto..

Just think..If everyone used the same terminology how much easier it would be to find these bushings online, or at the parts store..






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After a third look at the Ford diagram..It appears I did have my diagram mislabeled..It's been corrected in my original post..Thanks..

I created these diagrams so anyone could easily order the correct parts from RockAuto or the vendor of their choice..

Your terminology may be more correct, but it doesn't compute on RockAuto..

Just think..If everyone used the same terminology how much easier it would be to find these bushings online, or at the parts store..






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Only the ****ty brands label them wrong, so I just take the part stores and rockautos asinine terminology as a red flag

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If all the parts vendors jumped off a bridge would you too?
No, but if they're spreading false information then I wouldn't know any better.
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