Strut Mount Bushing
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Be it a rough off-road drive or a high-speed turn, your vehicle can effortlessly get though it because of your strut. But if you think that this suspension device doesn't need any help from other components, you're not giving enough credit where credit is due. Actually, the strut can only perform that good if it's properly supported by other suspension parts. And the two components that have the biggest roles in this are the strut mount and Strut Mount Bushing. The function of the strut mount is to provide a secured position to the strut and act as a pivot for it as well. But because there's always excessive movement in these components, it can cause noise and friction that can speed up their deterioration. And that's where the Strut Mount Bushing comes in handy. This small component plays big for your suspension components because it reduces the noise, friction, and vibrations in the strut assembly. By doing this, you can guarantee that there's less wear and tear dealt both to the strut and strut mount. This component can withstand the rigors of its function by crafting it from hardwearing materials. Additionally, it's specifically made to your vehicle's settings so that its installation can be done in a snap. Before you can make those fancy maneuvers with your vehicle, the strut must be supported with components like the Strut Mount Bushing. And if you're looking for a replacement part like this, you can get it here at Auto Parts Warehouse.
Choosing the Right Strut Mount Bushing for Your Vehicle
The strut helps your car survive long drives through bumpy trails. It is placed on a mount that functions as a pivot-whenever you drive your car on rough roads, the strut mount holds the strut in place and, at the same time, lets it freely move around to absorb shock or vibration. But perhaps what is equally as important as the strut and its mount is a very tiny part called the strut mount bushing. It lessens noise and friction caused by excessive movement of the strut and its mount, minimizing the wear and tear from the rigorous activity.
Things to look for in a strut mount bushing
If you hear even the slightest clanking or squeaking noise whenever your vehicle bounces, as it rolls over potholes and dips in the road, it's time to check if your strut mount bushing has given up and needs a replacement.
One good thing about selecting a new bushing is that you're not required to make any changes to either your strut mount or any other suspension components. It is designed to match the specifications of most vehicle makes and models. There are, however, a few factors to consider when choosing the right one:
- The material it is made of-rubber or polyurethane
- Service life
- Resistance to oil, road salt, and other corrosive elements
Rubber or polyurethane
Most brands boast of durable bushings, ones that are not easily corroded. There is, however, an ongoing debate amongst car owners whether the rubber or polyurethane material is the better choice. Polyurethane, many have observed, is more durable than rubber but makes the car ride slightly hard. Rubber, on the other hand, provides for a smoother ride but wears out more quickly.
This tiny thing takes care of a bigger part of your car-your strut assembly-so at the first signs of trouble with your suspension, check if you need to buy a new strut mount bushing.
How to Replace Your Strut Mount Bushings
Driving down a bumpy highway or an off-road trail can put pressure on your car due to the added vibration it takes. The strut assembly takes the stress off of your car by absorbing these vibrations. The strut itself, the strut mount, and the strut mount bushing all play large roles in achieving this task. The smallest of them all, the strut mount bushing, probably gets the most amount of pressure of the three.
Given this scenario, one should expect that the bushing will wear out as it ages eventually. A slight rattling sound coming from underneath the hood, as if the struts have come loose, is a telltale sign of a bad bushing. Once this happens, a replacement is necessary. Here are the steps to help you in replacing your strut mount bushing.
Difficulty level: Difficult
Tools that you'll need:
- Two spring compressors (most auto-part shops will loan you these)
- Torx bits
- Jack stands
- A bench-mounted vise
Step 1: Jack up the car and remove the tires. Install the spring compressors securely. Make sure to tighten them down so that the springs move freely.
Step 2: Use a screwdriver to remove the caps on top of the strut mounts. Loosen the top three nuts on the strut fender wall, but don't remove the bolts just yet. Remove the bracket holding the brake line in place.
Step 3: Take careful note of how the bolts were inserted; they will need to be put back in place correctly later on. Disconnect the two strut mounting bolts that attach the strut to the wheel spindle mount. Slowly pull the strut away from the mount. Be careful not to drop the wheel spindle mount.
Step 4: Slide the brake line under the freed strut. Remove the strut from the car by freeing the three nuts at the top of the strut.
Step 5: Place the torx bit on a bench vise pointing upward. Turn the strut assembly upside down and have it sit on top of this setup. Loosen the first six-sided nut using a wrench. Locate the second four-sided nut and remove it.
Step 6: You should then see the damaged strut mount bushing. Simply pull this out and replace it with the new one you purchased. Put everything back in reverse order.
You will save a lot of money by replacing the bushings yourself. A DIY would cost around $35, whereas you will have to pay several hundred dollars when you take it to the shop.