First Line has released essential guidance for technicians replacing subframe bushes, which it says appears to be an increasing problem area for garages.
Subframes typically contain rubber and metal bonded bushes and usually each subframe has a pair of bushes located at the front and rear of the frame.
However there are more complicated designs, according to First Line who say some vehicles can have up to eight bushes in various locations.
A First Line spokesperson said: “Bushes are a vital part of the suspension system, as they isolate vibration and road noise, increase driver comfort and enhance the vehicle’s handling.
“They are individually designed with unique positional voids and specific rubber shore hardness, meaning there’s no ‘one size fits all’ solution.
“When bushes become worn, there are obvious symptoms that include clunking, creaking or rattling noises, especially when driving over rough or uneven surfaces.
“In some cases, if the rubber bonding has detatched, the subframe will move, usually at the back of the vehicle.”
In many cases, the subframe bush is not available separately from the original equipment (OE) manufacturer, but as part of the complete subframe, meaning workshops and vehicle owners have the choice of replacing the entire component at a high cost or using a reconditioned subframe.
This results in more time and money being spent on repairs that aren’t necessary, especially if the only part that needs replacing is the bushes.
First Line however, offers a cost effective solution by supplying bushes separately.
Honda Civic VIII 2005-2012
One example is the Honda Civic VIII 2005-2012, where a new rear subframe can cost up to £1,000 or £150 for a reconditioned unit; however First Line provides replacement bushes (FSK8051), which can be fitted quickly, easily and are cheaper.
First Line also recommends that all subframe bushes are replaced in pairs to ensure maximum efficiency and reliability.
First Line has a renowned reputation in the aftermarket for being a premium quality supplier of steering and suspension components, with a range of more than 8,500 references.
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