Damage or distortion to a control arm bushing can result in changes in wheel alignment settings.
Defective bushings can change alignment settings. Courtesy of Moog Automotive, Inc.
Visually inspect each rubber bushing for:
- Signs of distortion,
- Off-center condition, and
- Presence of heavy cracking.
Inspect control arm bushings. Courtesy of Moog Automotive, Inc.
Check metal bushings for:
Sometimes bushings are in a position where visual inspection is difficult. Using a flashlight and mirror will sometimes help.
- Push on the fenders of the vehicle while listening for noise.
- To inspect bushings for looseness, use a prybar to see if the control arm can be moved.