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Ford Mustang II Control Arm Bushing

Identifying Ford Mustang LI Control Arm Bushing Problems and Their Causes

They say that "even the small things can make big differences." The same thing can be said about your Ford Mustang LI control arm bushings. Even though they are just tiny components of your fierce Mustang's suspension system, the vehicle's overall dynamics, particularly its stability and ride, will definitely suffer without these reliable bushings. When these bushings deteriorate, you may also have to deal with several problems involving your vehicle's handling and steering. To give you a heads up, here are some of them:

Noises

When your Ford Mustang LI control arm bushings go bad, you will start to hear squeaking, grinding, and rattling noises from your vehicle's suspension system. Although these noises can also be heard during high-speed driving, they are more evident when driving in lower speeds or while parking. One of the top causes of these undesirable sounds is water contamination of the control arm bushings. The only way to get rid of these annoying noises is by purchasing and installing new Ford Mustang LI control arm bushings.

Steering wheel vibration

Control arm bushings minimize the vibration caused by the interaction of the metal components of your Ford Mustang LI's suspension system. When they get damaged, your vehicle may experience steering wheel vibration and shaking while making a turn, stepping on the brake pedal, or during high- and low-speed driving. In this case, you need to replace them as soon as possible.

Misaligned wheels

The deterioration of the control arm bushings can alter the proper alignment and camber angle of your Mustang's wheels. When this happens, your wheels become susceptible to excessive movement and uneven tire tread wear. To prevent your wheels' premature deterioration as well as road accidents caused by the tire's uncontrollable steering, you need to replace your worn-out control arm bushings.

Other troubleshooting tips

Aside from these problems, cracked control arm bushings can also cause poor handling and vague or loose steering. Sometimes, the control arm bushings are only loose and not damaged. In this case, the said problems can still be solved by tightening these components in place. Frequent cleaning and lubrication can also help extend their service life. But remember, if the damage is beyond repair, do not think twice about replacing your stock with new ones.

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  • Ways to Care for Your Ford Mustang LI Control Arm Bushing 27 February 2013

    Your Ford Mustang LI's badass look, top-notch features, and superior engine performance will all be put to waste if it has mediocre steering capabilities due to faulty control arm bushings. Can you imagine the horror and embarrassment if your fierce Mustang will get into an accident just because the steering wheel slipped or the wheels are misaligned? Spare yourself from all these hassles by keeping your Ford Mustang LI control arm bushings in excellent condition. To help you out, here are a couple of useful maintenance tips:


    Lubricate, lubricate, lubricate.

    Greasing your Ford Mustang LI control arm bushings is one way to keep them in good shape. Regular lubrication of the control arm bushings will particularly lessen or totally eliminate the squeaking and other noises produce by your Mustang's control arm assembly. However, you need to make sure that the lubricant that you will use is not harmful to the control arm bushing material. All lubricants that are petroleum based, which include chassis or bearing grease, lithium grease, and marine grease, will cause rubber and polyurethane bushings to deteriorate rapidly. For best results, experts recommend using synthetic or silicone-based greasing agents.


    Replace the control arm bushings if needed.

    When your Mustang's control arm bushings are damaged, repair is no longer an option. The only solution to this is replacement. In replacing your broken stock, it is important for you to choose the best bushing material to guarantee the control arm's and the rest of the suspension system's optimum performance. There are two types of control arm bushings according to their material composition-rubber and polyurethane. Polyurethane bushings are said to have longer life spans than their rubber counterparts. Because polyurethane is stiffer than rubber, bushings made of this material also provide more control over the vehicle. But in terms of giving a smoother and better ride, rubber bushings are the better choice since they are more shock absorbent than polyurethane.


    Maintain the proper alignment of your vehicle's wheels.

    Although bad control bushings can cause the wheels to become misaligned, wheels that are not properly cambered and aligned can also result in the control arm bushings' premature deterioration. Apart from this, tire misalignment also damages the vehicle's control arm. Wheel alignment schedule actually depends on the situation, but ideally, your Ford Mustang's wheels should be aligned at least once a year.