How to Troubleshoot Mitsubishi Montero Control Arm Bushing Problems
A minute component made of rubber, the control arm bushing is necessary for it to drive smoothly and peacefully. Why? This small piece of metal keeps your control arm from having a metal-to-metal contact with the frame. When this happens, you will forever be haunted by an omnipresent metallic clunking sound coming from your vehicle. You should know when to replace your Mitsubishi Montero control arm bushing if you want to keep driving sans the noise:
If you have been experiencing a problem with your vehicle's handling, then you might want to check the condition of your control arm bushing. A worn-out bushing could affect the alignment of your tires. When this happens, the tires won't touch the ground flatly. This could cause your tires to become worn-out, and it can also affect your steering. What you can do is to check the bushing's condition whether it is still fit for its function or if it is already thin to fail. Replace it if necessary.
So you have been hearing the audible metallic clinking and clanking sound coming from underneath your truck. This is a good indicator that your control arm bushing has deteriorated. The locations of bushings differ: the upper bushing can be seen from the wheel well of each front wheel, while the lower bushing is between the control arm and the car frame, so it is a bit tricky to inspect. You can use a pry bar to open it so you can have a good view of the bushing. Check if the control arm returns to its original position when you removed the pry bar. If it does, then your bushing is still in good condition. If not, then you have to replace it immediately.
Watch out for symptoms of a cracking bushing by looking at its edges. You don't have to replace it immediately, but you just need to inspect it once in a while. Simply check if the control arm ends are centered inside the bushing. If not, then you clearly need to replace your bushing. Keep in mind that the bushing wears out if it receives too much stress from the suspension.