Re: '04 Escape 2L FWD Bad L rear wheel bearing
I did not consider replacing the control arm, as I am assuming a new one comes naked of the pivot bushing and hub assembly. It is possible that a company somewhere has a rebuilt arm as an assembly, though I didn't explore that because I think it's unlikely. I'm sure the arm is only made by Ford, and while I don't know a price, given the mass of metal that it is, plus being a Ford part I'm guessing it would be $200 plus. if they were available, there would be few buildable arm cores around I'm guessing, because of the infrequent nature of this problem.
The machine shop charged me $35 to press out and replace the bushing, and then $50 to do the same for the bearing. Bushing was $50 from Ford (I found you can get it from NAPA or similar), and bearing was $30. The chassis insulator I burned up to get at and hacksaw the cam bolt was $25 from Ford.
I finished everything up 2 weekends ago, except for the parking brake cables (which were corroded like the rest and bore replacing). Everything works great, and now that I've done it once the other rear bearing will take a fraction of the time to repair if it goes.
I certainly could have taken the car into a shop, and I'm guessing the bill would be around $1000. However, I'm cheap, and enjoy a challenge. I was wondering if I'd have to admit defeat and slink into a garage with the car. There is a lot of satisfaction in fixing something by myself that few others want to or can. While I was in the wheel housing I also replaced the drum brake spring hardware, shock absorber, flexible brake line, wheel cylinder (I had twisted off the bleeder screw on a previous bleed), and the aforementioned parking brake cable (surprisingly all 3 available from NAPA and others). It wasn't always fun, but in the end I was pretty happy.