How do I know if my control arm bushings are worn beyond repair? Part Two
As we discussed in Tuesday’s article, control arm bushings are vital parts of your car’s suspension system that help to insulate vibration. Here are a few more signs you should watch for if you’re worried about your control arm bushings:
1) Clicking, popping, or snapping
Clicking, popping, or snapping sound when the wheel is a big cause for concern. Eventually, the clicking and popping can turn into a squeaking sound at the end of a stop, when the gas pedal is used, or when turning the steering wheel.
2) Difficulty Steering
Damaged bushings can cause a significant shift in the vehicle’s steering alignment which, in turn, can cause the steering to pull to the side. You may notice that it’s more difficult to turn, or that it requires constant correction to steer the vehicle straight. If this happens, it’s important to have your car inspected as soon as possible- an accident may happen just because the car does not react fast enough to your steering.
Dried out ball joints can also cause dramatically increased friction which usually makes the steering feel “sticky.” Or, if the bushings are replaced with parts that are too soft and excessively flex, it can lead to sloppy steering and vehicle movement, especially when you increase the speed.
3) Uncomfortable Ride
A normal passenger will never be comfortable when the vehicle creates too much noise and vibration while moving down the road. Since the main purpose of bushings is to control vibrations as the energy moves from one part to another, a damaged one will affect the whole dynamic of the vehicle making the ride very uncomfortable
Control arm bushings almost always require professional repair or replacement. At V&F, our expert mechanics use latest diagnostic equipment, and high-quality CARQUEST auto parts, to make sure we get the job done right. If you are worried something may be wrong with your exhaust system, call us today at (413) 314-2280 or schedule an appointment online.