Idler Arm Bushing Shopping Tips
Do you notice your car suddenly pulling up to one side while driving? Or perhaps you are wondering why the wear on your tires is uneven? You most likely have a worn idler arm bushing. This bushing is a part of the idler arm, which is present only in vehicles with a steering gear box. The idler arm is found on the passenger side of the frame rail in left-hand drive vehicles. If you always forget to oil your steering system, then your car is a sure candidate for an idler arm bushing that needs replacement.
- Always buy the appropriate idler arm bushing for your car. A bonded rubber bushing and a solid bronze bushing are the types to choose from. The rubber bushing is used in older car models. Request your mechanic to replace your car's original bushing with the bronze one because it has superior longevity and wear-tolerance.
- Make sure that you have the complete bushing assembly. The bushing has a steel cylinder jacket with inner and outer sleeves made of rubber. The kit may include more than one bushing.
- Make sure that you know the part number of the unit you are to replace in order to get the right bushing. This also ensures that the unit will actually fit. It is better to buy the part that is specific to the make of your car, but units from OEMs are also preferable if quality and price are somehow similar.
- Compare prices. Some discounted units are also as good as the bestsellers.
- Do not buy from stores without a return policy. Safeguard your purchase-and money-by making sure that you will be able to return the product if it is not the part you need or ordered.
- Do not buy from stores without any warranty. A limited lifetime warranty is already a good promise that your buy is protected.