Aftermarket & OEM Radius Arm Bushing
Proper operation and security of the suspension on your car, truck or SUV is very important and radius arm bushings play a key role in the accomplishment of this process. These devices will have several indicators to alert you of a possible defect that should be corrected as soon as possible. If you hear noise from under your vehicle that sounds like it is right below your feet it could be worn or damaged bushing. The nature of the noise can vary depending of the deterioration level of the bushings. At first you may just notice it when you're navigating bumps and pot holes and it will progress from there. You may also experience a front end wobble effect depending on the vehicle. In some circumstances you may also hear a clunking noise if you accelerate the vehicle in reverse. You may also notice an alignment issue that will affect tire wear and void mileage warranties that you may have purchased on your tires. Early detection and proper repair of radius arm bushings will prevent damage to other suspension components that may lead to more extensive repair requirements. At some point metal to metal contact could result and this situation must always be avoided.
Radius arm bushings are constructed using a heavy rubber material and are secured with large metal washers. They are located at the connecting point between the radius arm and the frame of the vehicle. They absorb road vibrations while you're driving down the road and prevent metal to metal contact between the frame and suspension. Applications will vary depending on the car or truck you have and the manufacture's design techniques. They can also have a large impact on front end alignment in some circumstances. Radius arm bushings are a very essential device that is required for the frame and suspension to function together.
Replacing radius arm bushings
is a process with a lot of variables depending on the car, truck, or SUV involved in the procedure. You will be required to place the vehicle on jack stands positioned under the frame to secure it. Removing the wheels will facilitate the process in most circumstances and you will also need to support the axle assembly or other load bearing points with a floor jack. You should consult the appropriate technical data for specific details and procedures. On some vehicles it can require removing or repositioning of the axle assembly depending on the amount of access required for the removal process. Regardless, the next step will be to apply a generous amount of penetrating oil to all mounting hardware associated and let it soak in before you begin. After the radius arm bushings have been replaced and reassembly is complete you should have a computerized alignment on the vehicle.
When purchasing parts that are associated with the suspension of a vehicle like radius arm bushings, we must keep in mind that it affects the comfort level of the overall ride. Suspension parts also affect the capability to properly and safely control a vehicle and make it go straight down the road. This requires us to use quality parts and complete quality repairs that we can depend on for a reliable mode of transportation. Car Parts discount has radius arm bushings and any other suspension parts you need from top name brand manufactures like Moog.