Understanding suspension bushes

Suspension bushes

What you need to know:

  • Although suspension bushes are simply rubber disks and nothing more, they fulfill a variety of important duties, and if they become worn out or damaged you are sure to notice a variety of adverse effects on your car.
  • However, Kigongo maintains that it is a good idea to have someone inspect the suspension bushes regularly. He advises drivers to ask their mechanics to do this at service time and before you invest in new tyres or tracking. Worn or damaged bushes are not always obvious, but they make a huge difference to how a car drives or moves.

Bushings are an integral part of your car. They are commonly known as “bush” by most mechanics. Bushings are cushions made of rubber, polyurethane (often shortened to “poly” or “urethane”) or other materials. They are mounted on car suspension and steering joints to absorb road bumps, control the amount of movement in the joints and reduce noise and vibration. Bushings often take the form of fat, rubbery washers through which suspension components or the bolts that attach them pass.


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