- 1 Do I need an alignment after replacing lower control arm?
- 2 How long can you drive with bad control arm bushings?
- 3 Do control arm bushings need to be pressed?
- 4 Can shock bushings be replaced?
- 5 Should you lubricate sway bar bushings?
- 6 How tight should sway bar bushings be?
- 7 How do you diagnose a bad sway bar bushing?
Do I need an alignment after replacing lower control arm?
After replacing the right lower control arm is a front end alignment necessary? Get a new mechanic, it has been proven that changing any front end part even the ball joint, let alone a entire control arm can alter the toe in, the most important most critical part of the alignment.
How long can you drive with bad control arm bushings?
They could be ok for 30 days or more but may be unsafe to leave the parking lot. While control arms get noisier with worn bushings it also allows more loose play in the suspension to wear other parts out. Just get it fixed. It will save you money in the long run.
Do control arm bushings need to be pressed?
You don’t need a press, just your hand, to push it in. One of the reasons polyurethane bushings are easy to put into suspensions is because they come in two separate half sections. These sections can be pushed into the lower control arm from either side, not requiring any distortion of the material.
Can shock bushings be replaced?
Regular maintenance on your car should include replacing the shock bushings. Learning how to replace shock bushings on a car not only help keep your car handling smoothly but will save you the cost of having to replace the shocks before you should need to.
Should you lubricate sway bar bushings?
No grease. The rubber bushing deforms to allow the swaybar to rotate, stretching like a rubber band and snapping back. This is the best way because it tries to return to the same position always. Grease it, allow it to slip, and the static position is constantly changing based on the direction of approach.
How tight should sway bar bushings be?
The hole in the bushing should be the same size as the diameter of the sway bar. It should be a tight fit.
How do you diagnose a bad sway bar bushing?
If your sway bar bushings are going bad, you will likely feel it when you turn — the car’s handling will feel sluggish or less stable. Knocking noise: Typically, the first sign of a bad sway bar bushing is a thumping or knocking sound when you go over bumps. The noise may also be heard when the vehicle takes a corner.