What are suspension bushes?
Suspension bushes are a type of vibrator isolator, made of rubber. The rubber prevents metal-to-metal connection, however, still allowing movements. They are an essential part of the suspension system. Also, the suspension system is made up of different components performing their different roles. The placement of the suspension bushes also helps the vehicle in small bumps and vibrations. Moreover, the suspension has two arms controlling it, the upper and lower arm.
Symptoms of a failing suspension bush
- Steering problems
This is the common first sign of a failing suspension bush. The steering may not be responsive. The steering can wander and leading the car to take inappropriate turns. The vehicle might take one side. There might be felt vibrations as the car keeps on moving and turning.
- Decreased performance and discomfort
Suspension bushes serve comfort on the vehicle. If they are worn out, they won`t be effective when experiencing bumps. The vehicle will start performing at a low rate, also, having vibrations. If there is a case of extreme damage, the rubber will go off and there will be a collision with the metals. That is when there will be “clicking sounds”
- Abnormal creaking and clunking noises
The friction of the suspension bushes creates a loud clicking noise. This means the parts are failing to carry out their function as they are worn out. Therefore, their rubbers are there to restrict any metal connection. If they are worn off, the parts will collide and cause friction.
How to check bad suspension bushes
You can carefully take note of the loud clicking sounds and low-performance steering to check if they are not worn out. For an even more informed answer, you can visually check them. This will even give more assurance of their functionality. It is essential to constantly check your suspension bushes to avoid major damage in your vehicle. Moreover, it keeps you safe as the user of the vehicle.
How to repair a suspension bush
A suspension bush can simply be repaired by replacing it. This cannot be done by an inexperienced person, visiting a suspension replacing workshop. It can be a case that requires a specialist so your suspension system can last long.
Additionally, small as the suspension bushes are, they play an active role in the vehicle. With properly functional suspension bush, the vehicle is safe, comfortable, and easy to handle.
- Upper and lower control arm bushes
The control arms are the pieces of metal that connect the vehicle’s frame to the steering projection, where the wheels and tires attached. These are critical to the steering and suspension of the vehicle.
- Shackle bushes
They connect the springs to your vehicle’s frame through an eye spring bolt. At CV & Propshaft Nelspruit we ensure that your shackle bushes are always in a perfect state to allow movement in the suspension.
- Stabilizer bar bushes
Stabilizer bushes are made to absorb bumps and reduce notice from your car. They also have rubber bushings that prevent your car from rolling over while you take a turn. They are located on the undercarriage of your car.
- Shock bushes
Shock bushes play an important role in the steering build-up process for cars. It allows the suspension system to move more freely.
- Engine mountings
This is the part that holds the engine of the car. If it happens to fail, the car will uncontrollably produce excessive noise, vibration, and misalignment.