Sway Bar Bushing
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A sway bar is just one of several components that can help improve your vehicle's handling. As part of the suspension, it helps balance the load of your ride whenever you make a turn, giving you more stability. However, just like any other auto part, this suspension part can only do its job if it has other components that can give it adequate support. And one of these components is the Sway Bar Bushing. Considered a vital cog in your suspension system, this bushing allows the sway bar to react quickly to the movement of the vehicle, particularly during cornering. Without this component installed, you're sway bar becomes stiffer and might even stop shifting weight. When this happens, you will find it very difficult to keep a steady control of your ride. Given the importance of this product, it's crucial that your vehicle carries a set that's in good working condition. Because aside from your safety, you run the risk of ruining your ride's quality and overall performance if you're relying on a worn-out bushing. To ensure that it's able to do all this for you, the bushing is made from premium materials such as rubber, urethane, and polyurethane. This allows the component to withstand various weather conditions as well as exposure to heat, oil, dirt, mud, and moisture. The Sway Bar Bushing is an indispensable part of your vehicle's suspension because of its ability to complement your sway bar. So if you're looking to replace your stock components, be sure to check what Auto Parts Warehouse has to offer.
Tips on Choosing Sway Bar Bushings for Your Car
A part of your car's sway bar assembly, the sway bar bushing allows the sway bar to react to the movements of the vehicle on the road as well as assist in steering. So we don't need to emphasize how important it is for you to replace the sway bar bushings in your car once it gets worn out or damaged. But with so many choices of sway bar bushings in the market, it can be hard to choose. So if you are looking for new bushings for you ride, here are some tips to help you decide:
Rubber vs. urethane/polyurethane bushings
One of the first things that you will need to decide on when purchasing a sway bar bushing is whether you want one made from rubber or urethane. Most sway bar bushings found in cars today are made from rubber. Aside from being cheap, rubber bushings are virtually maintenance-free?there is no need to lubricate them compared to the metal bushings found in old vehicles. However, because rubber flexes, compresses, and stretches when put under stress, rubber bushings often change the suspension alignment of the car and lead to handling problems later on.
Because of rubber's tendency to warp, there are aftermarket bushings that are made of stiffer urethane and, later on, polyurethane. Urethane and polyurethane are almost as rigid as metal, but unlike metal bushings they do not wear out as much. But because they are far stiffer than rubber bushings, urethane and polyurethane bushings tend to bind quicker to the sway bar. This in turn leads to a slight decrease in the free movement of the bar as well as the occasional squeaks once the bushings dry out.
Sway bar bushings also come in either greasable or non-greasable type. Greasable sway bar bushings have a special channel design that allows grease to flow through all the inner bushing surfaces, significantly reducing friction and squeaking. Non-greasable bushings, on the other hand, are cheaper than their greasable counterparts but are not as silent as the greasable bushing.
Sway bar bushings come in different sizes to match different car makes and models, so make sure to choose one that matches the specifications of the sway bar of your vehicle. Sway bars range in size, with the biggest ones reaching 2 inches in diameter. The brackets that are used to attach the bushing to the chassis, meanwhile, range from 1 1/4 inches high by 3 5/8 inches wide to 1 5/8 inches high by 4 1/4 inches wide in size.
How to Change your Car's Sway Bar Bushings
The sway bar bushings in your car's sway bar links help you control your vehicle's leans and turns, so when it wears out you'll have a harder time steering your properly. So if you notice any
looseness when steering or hear an odd clunking noise in your front end, you will have to replace the bushings as soon as possible.
Replacing the sway bar bushings is relatively easy and can be done at home with a few simple tools. Here are the steps on how you can do just that.
Difficulty level: Easy to Moderate
- Jack and jack stands
- Ratchet and socket set
- Pry bar (medium sized)
- Box end hand wrench set
- Safety glasses
Step 1: Park the car on a level surface and apply the parking brake. Release the hood latch and open the hood so you'll have extra light down the engine compartment while you work.
Step 2: Raise the left side of the front end of the vehicle and place a stand on the frame rail. Do the same of the right side.
Step 3: With your tools in hand, crawl underneath the vehicle and look for the bushings. The bushings are usually found behind the front tire mounted to the undercarriage by a sway bar bracket. Remove the bolts attached to the bracket using the ratchet, socket or hand wrench. If the bracket is the one-bolt sway bar type, swing away the hinged top or bottom after you have extracted the bolt.
Step 4: Note: the bushing may be behind a heat shield and assorted brackets. If this is the case, remove these components as well.
Step 5: Slide the old bushing along with the sway bar and pry it off through the bushing's slotted opening. Once it's off, place the new replacement bushing onto the sway bar in the same manner.
Step 6: Return the sway bar with the new bushing onto its original location and reaffix the brackets. Make sure to tighten the bolts properly so that it won't come loose later on.
Step 7: Replace any other components you removed. Once that's done, lower the vehicle, close the hood, and conduct a test drive to see if the bushing works properly.