What Are The Problems With Worn Suspension Bushes
Posted on 28th July 2022 at 13:19
The new vehicle always gives a good drive. But as the vehicle becomes older, its suspensions become softer & the ride begins to feel softer. There may be play in the steering wheel and you start to hear noises while braking or accelerating.
While looking at changes in a vehicle’s ride and looking for possible failures, control arm bushings are usually missed. These bushings abosorb the maximum force during braking, accelerating and turning. Problematic Suspensions more most common occurrence faced by the car owners during a cars life cycle. But finding out exactly what is the issue with the suspension little tricky.
Bushings are commonly found to be used in control arms, stabilizer bars (sway bars), ball joints, tie rods, shock absorber and strut mounts, and few other steering & suspension parts along with few mountings.
These wear out due to ageing and friction, heat, exposure to mud and soil from road and lubricants spilling over them during the course of time, these also get affected due to load in the vehicle.
Lets discuss what the are common symptoms to identify bushing failure.
1. Excessive bumpiness: The drive on a slightly rough road also leads to excessive bumpiness or strong jerks.
2. Car sways from side to side: Car swaying or being dragged to one side is also a common symptom.
3. Thud or rattle from front suspension: This sound is a result from the worn out rubbers due to which the sound is crated.
4. Car sagging or collapses on one side: The car seems to be collapsing or looks lower.
Due to the gaps in in control arm, bushings create a weak point, the best aftermarket manufacturers have innovated the designs thereby reducing or completely removing the gaps and that strengthens the bushings. With this the vehicle handling becomes better and also extends tire life. This also helps in reducing vehicle noise and vibration during the rides.
These symptoms are also common with other problems related to the suspension systems. However, if you are unable to assess the cause you should always seek technical help from trained mechanics.
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