Auto Repair Tips : How to Check for a Defective Bushing

Auto Repair Tips : How to Check for a Defective Bushing


hi this is Bob Holcomb from apex automotive in Great Barrington Massachusetts today we’re going to see how to check a defective bushing this lower control arm in this bushing that’s installed on it right here has failed the bushing looks similar to this the bushing is an isolator it isolates the control arm from the suspension system of the car the suspension system has put a lot of pressure and wore out at the bottom of this bushing as you can see it’s too close to the control arm it has actually started to contact the control arm the bottom of the bushing has wore and the suspension is allowed to contact the bottom of the control arm this bushing installed looks similar to this the bottom of the bushing is wore out there’s a rubber sleeve between the two pieces of metal that rubber sleeve has wore out and allowed the suspension to move forward so the bushing is no longer doing its job you can also test this bushing by taking a pry bar and sticking it between the suspension component control arm and this is the fierson struck component when you pull on it back and forth it shouldn’t move very easy there should be quite a bit of resistance as you can see this one moves quite a bit and it’ll need to be changed in order to remove this bushing we’ll remove the control arm from the car and press it in our press there’s another bushing here this is called the control arm bushing typically these bushings will fail and you’ll hear a distinct rattling sound when you hit a bump this is how to check for a defective bushing I’m Bob Holcomb from apex automotive at Great Barrington Massachusetts


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