Rubber bushings are a key part of your vehicle’s suspension, helping to ensure a smooth ride every time you hit the road. Good quality ones will last significantly longer than cheap versions, but no bushing will last for the life of a vehicle.
To know when to replace the bushings, you’ll need to keep an eye out for signs of wear and tear, and it’s particularly useful if you know how to inspect them yourself.
Here’s why bushings are so important, and how you can tell if it’s time to install new ones.
What are bushings used for?
So, first things first. What do bushings on a vehicle do? Rubber bushings are a vital part of the suspension, providing a cushioning and supportive layer between the engine and vehicle body to help absorb noise and vibration. As a general rule, bushings need to be replaced around every 80,000 kilometres, or sooner if you regularly drive on rough roads.
The first signs of wear and tear
When they start to wear, you’ll likely notice significantly more vibration, which may be accompanied by a knocking sound during braking or acceleration. The steering may feel less responsive, and you may notice excessive or uneven tire wear.
How to inspect your rubber bushings
If you don’t have access to a hoist, there’s still a pretty easy way to inspect your bushings. Jack up the car, and remove the first wheel. Once you’ve done that, you can use a crow bar to feel around the suspension, without having to dismantle it further.
Insert the crow bar behind the upper and lower control arms and gently move it back and forth. If you hear clunking or there’s a lot of play, it’s pretty certain your rubber bushings need replacing.
Replacing the bushings
Replacing rubber bushings is easy and hassle free with our suspension bush kits. You don’t need to double check exactly how many bushes you need – it’s simply one car, one kit. If you have any questions, we’re here to help you work out just what your vehicle needs. Feel free to get in touch with one of our local dealers!