Worn bushings will eventually cause damage to other components. They are designed to allow components to move without metal to metal contact and/or to provide a form of shock cushiong within a system, such as your suspension system.
It's better to do the repair sooner rather than later. It's much like worn brake pads. It's cheaper to replace just the pads vs. waiting until you've damaged the rotors.
The strut bushings. The dealership wanted $600 for both sides since they said they couldn't just replace the bushings by themselves and needed to replace the full arm.
Forget the stealership! The bushings of the tension strut can be replaced, but it's hardly worth it what with the ball joints on the opposite end of the strut having the same number of miles on them. Complete strut assemblies are available online for like $60 or so each. A 'shade tree' mechanic with a few decent tools (jack, jack stands, sockets, ratchets, open,box wrenches, "pickle fork", penetrating oil, breaker bar, screwdrivers, etc.) can do the job in his driveway, as I and many others have done, in 2-2&1/2 hours. An experienced independent mechanic could easily do it in less than 2 hours. At $75-100/hour the total comes to $270-$320.
I have written a DIY (complete with lots of pictures) based on my experience. If you would like it drop me a PM with your e-mail address and I'll send you a reply with the DIY attached.
EDIT: Frontend squeaks and clunking, eventually with excessive tire wear due to misalignment.
Last edited by DESIREE; 12-19-2012 at 10:27 AM.
Reason: To answer the original question "What problems will cracked bushings cause? "
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