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Got a recommended repair bill from my local dealership, and it wants me to replace the strut bar plus bushing because it is cracked. But this is going to cost me a gram for the repair, anyone know if there are any risk to drive it for a month or two without the repair? I couldnt get a good answer from the dealership, but that's not new.

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not sure what you are talking about when you say strut bar and bushing

Any more specific description?

When you say strut bar, that is a term that lots of folks use for the underhood bracing that runs from side to side, and sometimes triangulates to the windshield/firewall area.

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If you are talking anti-roll bar, then yes you should be fine to drive it like it is for a little while.

That should be a pretty cheap/easy fix though.

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Hi Lee,

If they are talking about the Strut bar (aka a sway bar) and end links with bushings, you'll be just fine waiting.

Just for kicks and giggles what kind of vehicle?

Jenn

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Well, on the repair ticket it says both front strut rod, and bushing torn, need replacement. All I know it is below the car, and can't see it until you life it up.

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Hi Lee,If they are talking about the Strut bar (aka a sway bar) and end links with bushings, you'll be just fine waiting.Just for kicks and giggles what kind of vehicle?Jenn

2007 Lexus GS

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The only thing I can think of with a bushing that could tear, and be called a strut bar is a sway bar or anti-roll bar. Or maybe even the end-links.

Endlinks your looking at $50, and an hour of your time tops, based on ZERO repair experience.

Entire sway bar, just as easily done by someone with no experience, but a little longer time. Possibly more money depending on if the mounting brackets need to be replaced.

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Jig fisherman, where would I be able to get a repair manual? Tried pepboy and advance auto pairs, but they don't have it for Lexus.

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It should be fine to drive for a few months. It can put stress on other parts. However as long as it not the tie rods, you should be fine. Having those fail is very bad. Again though, if your refering to what I think you are you will be fine.

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Well then that is I fact the strut rod bushing. The component that assists with suspension..bumps and stuff it is usually a 'y' fork that works along with the shocks and control arms.

Unless you have been issued this along with a state vehicle safety inspection you will be okay.

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Jig fisherman, where would I be able to get a repair manual? Tried pepboy and advance auto pairs, but they don't have it for Lexus.

I'm positive that if you call Sam, at Stranoparts.com that he WILL get one for you. Old friend of mine, and he knows his stuff.....I've bought everything from race parts for a SCCA Camaro to Brake pads for fullsize Chevy Trucks to Tie rod ends for Land Rover Discovery's

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So sounds like its not a necessary repair? Lol, how long can I go without it?

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Well then that is I fact the strut rod bushing. The component that assists with suspension..bumps and stuff it is usually a 'y' fork that works along with the shocks and control arms.

Unless you have been issued this along with a state vehicle safety inspection you will be okay.

The GS doesn't even have a strut suspension. IMO if the OP does have a shop work on this I would want either a MUCH better explanation of what they are doing, or go somewhere else.

It is a dual/unequal a-arm front suspension

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So sounds like its not a necessary repair? Lol, how long can I go without it?

To be honest, I still don't know what they are talking about. But, based on the fact they said bushing torn, and looking at the suspension I honestly think you will be fine, likely for a LONG time.

The rubber bushings in it's control arms can start to tear, and yet stay intact for a long, long time.

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Well under toyota/lexus lingo, Strut Bar means Strut Tower Brace.

Really can't see that being a problem removing it and driving, isn't needed in todays world.

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Aight. Dealership made it sounded like I'm going to lose control of my vehicle, but looks like they just want some money...

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Jig..understood, sir. I've spent most my years modifying SN95 Mustangs and F-body Pontiacs.

Regardless even with a double wishbone control 'a' arm, it has a coil on spring or coil and spring component to the vertical mounting plate.

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