I feel your pain on this. I did some searching for the bushings or the control arms for your year Buick, no luck. It was a disappointment, because RockAuto sells Moog control arms for the Bonneville, with the bushings and new ball joint for under $60.
Good luck with this. I am in El Paso through tomorrow. if you want me to check the Pic A Part junk yard for your year control arm, send me a PM- although I sense the bushings deterioration has to do with age, not salt damage.
There is something unique to the control arm and bushing for the 1997 Park Avenue. Jason'* control arm appears to be different than the 1997 Park Avenue control arm. The 97/99 front control arm and bushings appear to be different. Something rare about the 97 control arm.... I can get a front control arm for a 98 Park ave, a front bushing for a 96 Park ave, but can't get either for a 1997 Park Ave... Something unique on the 97.
I would like to sure like to find out if the 97 is that different or not.
Those lower control arms new at dealer are ridiculous $$.
I may need some help getting them sooner than later from a JY...will never find em here.
Please fill me in Jason if u do find out....
I ran into the same problem and ended up using a bushing a little bit larger than the original because the inner diameter of the control arm hole was moderately corroded. The bushing I use was a "NAPA Chassis Part" 267-3681 $21.49, took it to a machine shop where they machined the control arm and pressed the new bushing in, did a great job for $75.00. (no sleeve required)
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How much larger an opening approximately would be required by using the Napa bushing you recommended ?
I seriously need in the next year or on next alignment, to complete a new bushing installation on the driver'* side!
I don't remember the dimensions but it is approximately 10 thousands and I originally tried to open up the hole with a drill and a flap wheel and it took me about three hours to go 3 thousands so it really requires machining. I also didn't know what the interference was supposed to be so I left it up to the experts at the machine shop.
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