Car Control Arm Bushings

A clicking jaw is a painful condition that can be corrected easily. If you have one, you surely hate waking in the morning and suddenly feeling a sharp pain after you moved your mouth. Treating it will involve a good dentist or a good jaw exercise and may take several weeks. Your clicking suspension and steering system won't take that long, though, especially when it is just the control arm bushing that's giving you all the headaches and the scowls on your face.

The control arm is the linkage that gives you control over your wheels. There are two of them in your car but they basically have the same end. The upper control arm bushing is the one you can immediately see when you peek from the wheel. Anyway, these bushings serve one single purpose, which is to give your control arm a cushion as it is mounted on your car's frame. When you have a worn-out bushing, the tendency is that the metal end of the control arm will directly contact the metal surface of the frame, prompting the clicking sounds to occur, similar to the clicking jaw.

The bushings deteriorate over time and one way to find out is by poking at them. If you see the rubber cushion dried out and chipping away, that's a clear signal for a replacement. To access them, you have to remove both control arms. Start by securing the front of your vehicle with jack stands and the rear with chocks. Remove the wheels, followed by the strut assembly, and the stabilizing bar. Remove the cotter pin connecting the lower control arm and then separate it from the ball joint. You'll find the lower control arm bushing at the lower control arm, obviously. Take out the upper control arm next.

Once both arms are removed, you can now use a press to push the old car control arm bushing. If you don't have a press, well, you can remove it with a saw or a sharp knife that you won't use again to cut those tenderloins. Anyway, pierce through the deteriorating rubber material until you have removed most of the bushing. Control arm bushings are made with that rubber enveloped with two metal cylinders. You can cut the outer cylinder from the control arm and then fold it with a punch. Now that the bushing is out, you can now proceed by installing the new set of bushings.

Since replacing the control arm bushing isn't that hard, correcting those clicking arms by yourself will surely save you some time and money. It is a clicking jaw that you shouldn't fix without medical supervision. You can get more tips on how to find the right bushing for your car here at Parts Train so take your time to browse around.