Bushings

Bushings

Car bushings are small cushions made of rubber or polyurethane, which are mounted on suspension and steering joints. Bushings help dampen the energy transmitted between moving parts through the bushing. Car bushings are designed and manufactured to isolate vibration, absorb road shocks, control the amount of movement in the joints, reduce noise and reduce friction between metal parts on your car. There are two common types of car bushings: control arm bushings (also known as A-arm bushings or wishbone bushings) and sway bar bushings, however bushings are also placed between your car´s suspension and frame in several other areas including: control arms, stabilizer bars, ball joints, tie rods, shock absorber mounts, and other suspension and steering parts, as well as in engine and transmission mounts.

 

When car bushings are properly maintained and lubricated they can deliver optimal driving conditions for years. However, since they are made of flexible materials like rubber or polyurethane it is expected that they will naturally wear over time. This wear is the result of extended compression, exposure to heat, road salt, lubricants, and the stress of frequent movement and weight loads, which combined, leads to compound deterioration.

 

When car bushings start to wear out they allow more movement between parts, which can result in symptoms ranging from subtle noises to significant problems when steering and handling; potentially leading to car accidents and other safety issues. Common symptoms of damaged bushings include a shimmy feel from the front of the vehicle, clunking or rattling noises on rough roads, or when turning or hard braking.  A driver may also experience poor handling or loose steering. When this happens it is an indications that you car bushings need to be replaced.

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