When it comes to the suspension system, suspension bushings don't often come to mind. Made from natural rubber or urethane compounds, suspension bushings serve as protective seals to connecting points of mechanical linkages, bars and support. Ideally, suspension bushings are used to seal connecting points to prevent the entry of contaminants. Contaminants, such as dust, mud, and dirt, in the bushings could cause these seals' early wear and tear, Generally, these bushings are designed to be tough enough to endure the demands of daily driving. Excess engine heat, however, is one of these bushings' foremost enemies. Too much heat and pressure traveling from the engine along your vehicle's chassis and frame could cause suspension bushings to be weak and brittle. If you need to replace your vehicle's stock suspension bushings, look no further. Carparts is the perfect place to get replacement suspension bushings at the cheapest prices online.
• The right set of suspension bushings can make driving and traveling safer and more comfortable.
• We offer only suspension bushings that have been quality-tested for strength and durability.
• Our suspension bushings are designed to perfectly fit a wide range of vehicle makes and models.
Shopping for Suspension Bushing: Fast and Helpful Tips
Your suspension bushings are small, inexpensive components that protect much bigger, incredibly more expensive components. Specifically, they absorb vibrations and shield your suspension parts from excessive wear. Also, by providing a cushioned connection between the different parts of your suspension system and your vehicle's frame, they give you better handling and significantly reduce the amount of vibration and noise you experience while driving. Here are some quick tips to help you get that smooth and quiet driving experience.
Types of suspension bushing materials:
- Rubber - These are usually the bushings you start out with. Although quite cheap, they can deteriorate quickly—especially when exposed to oils or extreme temperatures.
- Polyurethane - These are harder and much more durable than rubber bushings—they cost more too. They are a popular aftermarket upgrade since they are virtually immune to extreme temperatures and corrosive materials like oils and road debris. However, in time, these can still wear out, squeak, and compress.
- Thermoplastic rubber (TPR) - Made from a relatively new material, these bushings are the toughest of them all. Although more expensive than polyurethane bushings, they last longer, are less prone to compression, and are virtually squeak-free.
Harder and tougher bushings are not necessarily better. Very hard suspension bushings mean a much stiffer ride. Your choice should depend on your vehicle and the way you use it. Large vehicles used for heavy-duty or off-road driving need tougher bushings. Smaller cars used for normal, day-to-day driving on paved roads, however, would probably be fine with rubber bushings.
Other points to consider:
- There are also different types of suspension bushings depending on which part of your suspension system they will be used on. Some of these parts include the shock absorber mountings, the sway bar links, and the double wishbone suspension assemblies. Make sure you get the corresponding type and size of bushing for any particular suspension component.
- We recommend applying grease or lubricating oil to your new suspension bushings just before installing them. Try to get a replacement bushing kit that includes lubricant.
- Refer to your vehicle's owner manual for specific information (such as details on your suspension system components, recommended bushings, and installation instructions).
Don't Beat Around the Bushing: Rear Suspension Bushing Replacement
Your suspension bushings help give you a smoother, quieter, and more comfortable ride. But even if you can tolerate a noisy, bumpy ride, you should still replace your worn-out suspension bushings right away. Not only do they improve ride quality, they also shield your suspension components from excessive wear and give you better handling by providing the right balance of flexibility and stiffness to your suspension system. You can save a lot of money by replacing them yourself.
Here's what you'll need:
- Floor jack
- Jack stands
- Wheel chocks
- Open-end wrenches and socket set
- Torque wrench
- Flat-head screwdriver
- Replacement bushings kit
- Vehicle owner manual
- Make sure your vehicle is on a level surface - it might roll away when jacked up.
- Never rely on just the floor jack to hold up your vehicle. Be sure your jack stands are properly placed.
- Place your vehicle in "Park" or "Neutral" before you begin.
- We recommend working after your vehicle's engine has cooled down.
- This is a general guide. Refer to your owner's manual for specific details.
And here are the steps:
Step 1: Place wheel chocks in front of your front wheels. Use the floor jack to raise the rear of your vehicle and set up the jack stands under it.
Step 2: Unbolt the rear shock absorbers at the bottom. Remove all the bolts necessary to allow you to drop the rear suspension. After that, use your floor jack to lower the suspension assembly to the ground.
Step 3: Remove the assembly holding the suspension bushings. To do this, fit a socket on the outside and your open-end wrench on the inside of the assembly center bolt and loosen the bolt until you can slide it out.
Step 4: Take the suspension bushing assembly to your workbench or table and secure it with a vise. If you don't have a vise, two clamps will do.
Step 5: Use another clamp to force out the old bushing. Do this by placing the end of the clamp without the screw on the outer edge of the suspension assembly and angling it in such a way that you can push out the bushing by turning the screw.
Step 6: If you replacement bushings kit came with lubricant, then apply liberal amounts of it on the new bushings and on the parts of the suspension assembly it will come in contact with.
Step 7: Install your replacement bushings. If your new bushings come in two parts, just slide them into place. Otherwise, you can use the clamp to push the bushing into place.
Step 8: Put everything back together by following the reverse order of disassembly.