Signs That a Lower Arm Bushing Needs to Be Replaced

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If the lower arm bushing on a car needs replaced, you'll be able to tell from a few key signs. Learn to identify signs that a lower-arm bushing needs to be replaced with help from an expert in the automotive industry in this free video clip.

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Hi, I'm Bob Holcomb from Apex Automotive in Great Barrington, Massachusetts. Today, we're going to talk about signs of a lower control arm bushing that need a replacement. The lower control arm bushing is under the car and it attaches to the lower portion of the spindle. When the bushings are bad, the wheels allowed to move back and forth. When you accelerate, this would want to move forward and when you're on brake, the wheel would want to move backwards. When you brake, the wheel would go like this and you'll usually hear a tell tale clunk especially going at slower speeds. So, if you're moving slow in your driveway, apply your brake, the wheel won't shock backwards and you'll hear a clunk. That could be a sign that you have a bad lower control arm bushing. Another way to tell is when the car is in the air and the suspension is relaxed, you can grab the tire on either side and move it back and forth and see if there's any motion. You can grab the front or the back and see if there's any movement in the lower control arm bushing. If there is movement, they'll need to be replaced. These are a couple of tips on how to look for signs that your lower control arm bushing is wore and in need of replacement. I'm Bob Holcomb from Apex Automotive in Great Barrington, Massachusetts.


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