Guide to Shock Absorber Bushing
Shock absorber bushings prevent excessive vibration by isolating the shocks from direct contact with the car’s frame, which can cause wear over time. This guide will explain how shock absorbers work and show you how to replace your old bushing with a new one!
Possible Bullet Points:
- Different types of shock absorber bushings are available on the market today. Some are much more durable than others, so you should choose the bushing best for your driving needs.
- Shock absorbers have different specifications based on various factors such as their diameter and length in order to provide stability and comfort when passing over bumps and potholes.
- Shock absorber bushing replacement process is not difficult. Still, it requires some time and effort to complete correctly to avoid making mistakes that may invalidate your car warranty. So if you don’t feel comfortable performing this task on your own we suggest hiring a professional mechanic to do it for you.
- Shock absorber bushings are a wear item and they tend to degrade over time which means that the car is going to become harder to control as these rubber pieces start wearing out from use. When this happens, your vehicle may not be safe enough for road usage anymore, so we recommend replacing it before it becomes a problem.
Shock Absorber Bushing Replacement
Step 1: When you drive your car, listen to find out if there are any noises. I heard clunks and squeaks. When I turned the steering wheel, it made a heavy sound that meant that my car’s suspension bush was broken.
Step 2: Put the gearshift in Park. Put on the emergency brake. Look at the tires. It is best to look at the front ones first because they are most important for driving. If there are worn tread patterns, this means that they might not be able to work as well as they should. You may need new tires or suspension parts if.
Step 3: Find the strut tower on the fender. If you can’t, ask someone to help you find it. Raise your hood and look under the spacer at the top of the strut tower. There is a rubber bushing that could have cracks or splits in it.
Step 4: Examine the front and back of the suspension for signs of play or movement. This would indicate a bushing that had been crushed. Check the rear shocks to see if they have bushings at both ends.
Step 5: Look under your car with a flashlight. Then look for the rectangular bar that goes from one wheel to the other. This is the anti-sway bar. There are two metal pieces on it, and they go inside of metal pieces on your frame and at the end of your car.
Step 6: Examine the four anti-sway bushings. Look for cracks, a flat or crushed surface appearance, or signs that a bushing is cocked and squeezed partially out of its bracket or joint. Pull-on the anti-sway bar with your hand to see if it moves. If it does not move, either fix it right.
Step 7: Find the upper and lower control arms on one side of the vehicle. These are large triangular frames that connect to the top and bottom steering knuckles of each wheel. Each control arm has two end bushings. Look for cracks in these bushings or any deformation. Put a pry bar between your frame and the lower control arm, then.
Step 8: Put the pry bar between the frame and the upper control arm. Wiggle it back and forth to see if there is movement in the bushing sleeve. By looking downward you can check for gaps in upper control arm bushings. If there is a large gap, replace the bushing sleeve with a new one.
It would be best if you inspected any small links with smaller bushings. The bushings should not be compressed and have to go past the washers. They should look round with no flat parts. If you suspect any of these problems, we recommend getting your suspension bushings replaced as soon as possible.