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.