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Bushes are car components that help to reduce friction between the moving parts of a vehicle. They are usually made of rubber or polyurethane. Bump stops perform a similar role in a vehicle. They are installed to the car’s suspensions to prevent metal on metal contact whenever the suspension is extremely compressed. The suspension experiences stress in instances where the vehicle hits a bump or goes over deep potholes.
These cushioning devices are made of materials which lose their effectiveness with time. Factors that can contribute to the quick expiry of universal bushes include harsh weather, long compressions, and contact with chemicals. Once they expire, you will need to purchase and install new components.
It isn’t hard to tell when your bushes need to be replaced. There is usually a noticeable difference in handling. You may notice a lack of smoothness in driving and braking. You will need to carefully inspect the bushes in order to determine whether they are due for replacement.
To properly inspect these components, you will need to raise the car off the ground and support it on axle stands. With a pry bar, you can compress and release the bushes in different directions. If they are properly functioning, they shouldn’t move much. If the movement is excessive, you will need to purchase and install new parts. It is important to go through this entire process when you suspect your bushes are due for replacement. Sometimes, they may look perfectly okay when they are extremely worn and ineffective.
Suspension cushioning components usually last for between 60,000 and 100,000 km.
These components are not expensive to replace. Depending on the specific part, you should expect to spend anything between £20 and £160 on the component. The cost will also depend on the model of your car. They are usually installed by mechanics. These professionals will have to inspect your car thoroughly before any replacement is made.
It is important to note that replacing these components will require great physical strength. Most bushes are fiddly, meaning you will have a hard time replacing them. You may also need to use special tools to press the new parts in. The easiest bushes to replace are those positioned between the car and and the anti-roll bar. Other bushes can be quite hard to replace.