Maintenance & Troubleshooting
Signs of Wear & Troubleshooting
- Control arm movement: excessive lateral movement in your vehicle's control arms may indicate worn bushings.
- Unexpected noises: scraping or squeaking noises when driving over road imperfections or clunking noises at the bushing mounting points may indicate worn bushings.
- Difficulty steering: steering and drivability issues may signal badly worn bushings.
- Abnormal tire wear: worn bushings may result in abnormal tire wear patterns.
- Alignment issues: an inability to set the proper alignment for your vehicle may indicate worn bushings.
Good Maintenance Practices
- Inspect or have your control arm bushings inspected regularly, following exposure to events that may harm the components, or when you experience signs of bushing wear.
- Replace your vehicle's control arm bushings as a set when possible, particularly if your vehicle has been subjected to heavy use.
- Consider whether a wheel alignment will be needed after bushing replacement. In some cases, it may be necessary to replace your vehicle's control arm in order to replace the control arm bushing. Installing a new control arm can interfere with the alignment of your vehicle, so a full four-wheel vehicle alignment is recommended should the control arm be replaced.