A bushing is a cylindrical metal lining that is used to reduce friction. The device uses insulating lining which electricity passes through. Suspension bushing is abundant on any typical car. Every car has a frame or chassis and every frame has its own part. Every part consists of shocks and these shocks are called rubber bushings. This kind of device is somewhat compared to the “cartilage” of a human body. This cartilage act as support on the daily use of the human joint considering the fact that is used frequently. The “cartilage” makes the human body flexible enough for it to feel comfortable and that is the use of “suspension bushings” on a vehicle.
Before installing new rear suspension bushings, you need to provide generous amount of time and of course a safe place to do your work without hindrances. You will need the following equipment:
- Flat head screwdriver – loosing or tightening screws
- Floor jack – firm lift of heavy objects
- Jack stands - lifting vehicle
- Open end wrenches – for twisting
- Torque wrench – indicator showing amount of torque applied
- Vice or clamps – hold something
- Receptacle – for used gas
- Container – for catching brake fluids
Steps in replacing rear suspension bushings:
- Lower the entire rear suspension assembly then jack the rear of the car and place it safely on a jack stand.
- Disconnect the rear shock absorbers beneath the car, and then remove the bolts to drop the rear suspension.
- Disconnect every rear brake lines to drop the suspension.
- After disconnecting everything, lower the jack and suspension assembly.
- To remove the assembly:
a. Suit a socket on the outside then an open wrench on the inside of the center bolt.
b. Loosen the bolt firmly and then slide it out.
- After removing the suspension bushing assembly, focus on the inside to work on it.
- Use a vice or two clamps to hold the assembly firm to any workplace that will fit on the device used.
- After clamping the assembly, remove the old bushing by placing the clamp on the outer edge of the assembly or on the metal exterior.
- Place the clamp on the screw until the old bushing was released.
- Cover the whole lube with the grease. This lubrication keeps the lube from squeaking.
- Reassemble the rear bushing by arranging the nuts and washers in order.
- Put the new assembly and be sure to confirm and arrange things the way it is before tightening and firming screws, nuts, bolts and everything that will furnish things up for the suspension bushing.
Such steps will help you ease your frustration in assembling, fixing and arranging your rear suspension bushing. Be sure to keep track on the things before you disconnect and reassemble the parts of the assembly. Don’t rush and feel relaxed while doing these steps to avoid distractions and hindrances that will let you loses focus on what you are doing.