They Will Steer You In The Right Direction
Vehicles of today are expected to gallop up and down on the road’s surface, handling substantial stresses such as pot holes, and without being shaken to pieces. So, therefore, a suspension system is indispensable to ensure things run smoothly.
A car’s suspension system, consisting of suspension arms (or control arms), take hold of the reins by controlling steering and changing the car’s direction, so not to cause it to run off in all directions. The suspension arms (comprising of the upper and lower arms that has a pivot at both ends to form the letter ‘A’), sit comfortably between the frame and axles of the car from one end of the body to the other with the aid of ‘bushings’.
The rubber or polyurethane cylindrical bushings/linings/cushions, are found on the frame side of the car with the broad end of the suspension arm, and allow desired movement according to specific road conditions, and also help to reduce abrasion of car parts. The narrow end of the suspension arm is attached to the car’s steering spindle/knuckle and pivots with the assistance of a steel ‘ball joint’.
It is advised that suspension arms be replaced approximately every 90,000 to 100,000 miles. They will vary in shape and size, so its imperative that the correct models are selected for your car.
If the suspension arms become bent or the bushings wear thin, there are certain signs that should not be ignored:
- Worn bushings or a failing control arm can affect the car’s steering, and cause it to veer left or right on the road
- A feeling of vibration on the steering wheel
- Alarming creaking or clonking noises from the front suspension that cannot be ignored
So, if you are happily trekking down the road and experience any of the above or either a front or rear suspension noise whilst driving over a bump in the road, its highly recommended to have it checked out.
At Ultimate Styling we stock a range of Wishbones and Suspension Arms to fit your vehicle.
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