Jump to content

What are Suspension bushes


Snail
 Share

Recommended Posts

Just phoned up to order my new suspension kit, and the guy on the phone says i should replace "bump stops", and "suspension bushes".....the koni kit im going for comes with bump stops, but what are suspension bushes? and would it be a good idea to replace them as im sorting my suspension? (bear in mind the car has 165k on the clock)

Cheers

Link to comment
Share on other sites

Definitely, at that kinda mileage. There are a few bushes in a suspension system, usually the ones that wear are located on the anti-roll bars but the suspension trailing arms have some as well that may need replaced.

Bushes are essentially rubber tubes that go around the bar and are then clamped to the chassis. They allow the bar to rotate in the mounting clamp, as they wear they become loose and can be responsible for clunking going over bumps and in the worst cases, sloppy handling.

You can replace them with either rubber or polyurethane bushes, the polyurethane are stiffer and will last longer but at the expense of a harsher ride and slightly more cost.

znaika.gif

Link to comment
Share on other sites

Snail...faulty suspension bushes will make that clunking or creaking sound when going over bumps its a common fault with the B5 A4. With mine i had a heavy V6 at the front plus Bilstein setup...and it was a problem. However realise that the suspension bushes are connectied to the Control Arms on the multilink suspension. The bushes are on the control arms and cannot be taken off and replaced...so you have to replace the whole control arm smashfreakB.gif As Audi ones are made of Aluminium they cost alot..i.e one large control arm can cost around £100!! the problem is there are 8 in the front (4 on each side) and 4 at the back (2 on each side) A couple of years back i had the whole set in the front replaced! got them from the company before VAG Parts for about £350 which included original parts and track rod ends..all bolts etc as a kit. Havn't heard a squek out of them since...i reckon the rears will need replacing soon but not too concerned about them yet.

Just keep this in mind.

Link to comment
Share on other sites

[ QUOTE ]

Snail...faulty suspension bushes will make that clunking or creaking sound when going over bumps its a common fault with the B5 A4. With mine i had a heavy V6 at the front plus Bilstein setup...and it was a problem. However realise that the suspension bushes are connectied to the Control Arms on the multilink suspension. The bushes are on the control arms and cannot be taken off and replaced...so you have to replace the whole control arm smashfreakB.gif As Audi ones are made of Aluminium they cost alot..i.e one large control arm can cost around £100!! the problem is there are 8 in the front (4 on each side) and 4 at the back (2 on each side) A couple of years back i had the whole set in the front replaced! got them from the company before VAG Parts for about £350 which included original parts and track rod ends..all bolts etc as a kit. Havn't heard a squek out of them since...i reckon the rears will need replacing soon but not too concerned about them yet.

Just keep this in mind.

[/ QUOTE ]

oh bugger, there goes me bonus then!

Link to comment
Share on other sites

Are u getting any probs now? if not just get your koni's and sort it out later if the problem arises...just tell the guy putting on the suspension to spray some lubricant on all the bushes (as they dry out)...might be good idea to get new bump stops if they are in bad shape but i don't think they would cost much. confused.gif

Link to comment
Share on other sites

Luckily bump stops come free.......am getting a wierd noise when accelerating on full left lock, but i think thats something in my drive train........i know burti had the front suspension issue, and im certain one of the guys i work with has that......mine definitely isn't the same noise, so thats lucky smile.gif

Link to comment
Share on other sites

I've been through this problem!! and bloody annoying it is too. i had one large control arm replaced and the noise came back...so i thought feck it got the whole kit! Also found that the steering rack bolts adding to the play in the steering wheel and making some noise. The mechanic took out the battery, took the covers off and tightend the bolts and it sorted that problem out too.

The problem arises with the grease insidedrying out and with this recent warm weather it adds to the problem...the creaking can be fixed as i said by spraying or injecting some lubricant to replace the dried. The clunking usually mean knackered bushes. Creaking/groaning with the steering with me was the track rod ends...which have recently started making noise due to warm weather, checked the power steering fliud level and it was ok...notably non of the above pose a danger...they are just annoying.

My mates the mechanic and they had a right pop at me for me having my audi considering they are a BMW/Merc specialist bloody fekr.gif if it's under warranty get them replaced.

Link to comment
Share on other sites

  • 2 weeks later...

[ QUOTE ]

fuck_scott.gifIt is the big bush thing that you put on your suspension.... fuck_scott.gif

[/ QUOTE ]

Just so you know what Alex posted, and I fear he's been samplying some of the below mentioned bush!

You mean to tell me all of these Dutch gits are flying around on bushes....oh yeah I already knew that SMOKE6.GIF

Link to comment
Share on other sites

It was no really censorship, it was more from the aspect that Alex was just posting shite all over the place because the fizzy pop had got to him yelrotflmao.gif

His reply was to do with bushes of an organic kind....oh and with leaves before you get any ideas! amongst his other posts of Gremlins upon gremlins!!

Link to comment
Share on other sites

[ QUOTE ]

Luckily bump stops come free.......am getting a wierd noise when accelerating on full left lock, but i think thats something in my drive train........i know burti had the front suspension issue, and im certain one of the guys i work with has that......mine definitely isn't the same noise, so thats lucky smile.gif

[/ QUOTE ]

Well, my clicking turned out to be a knackered CV joint....and its just been sorted, so now have the joy of being able to turn left without worrying!!!!

Link to comment
Share on other sites

Join the conversation

You can post now and register later. If you have an account, sign in now to post with your account.

Guest
Reply to this topic...

×   Pasted as rich text.   Paste as plain text instead

  Only 75 emoji are allowed.

×   Your link has been automatically embedded.   Display as a link instead

×   Your previous content has been restored.   Clear editor

×   You cannot paste images directly. Upload or insert images from URL.

 Share

×
×
  • Create New...