Every driver shares love for his/her vehicle, but most of us Aussies are proud of our love and adoration for the Utes, especially the Toyota Hilux. While it’s the sort of vehicle that can do well with carrying out work loads, it surely proved it can be used as a family car too, and it’s one that can take you and your loved ones to off-the-beaten-path adventures where few have gone.
However, same as any other car, it can do well with a bit of maintenance every now and then, more so because of its capability of going through the toughest of terrains. You have to pay particular attention to the smallest of bits and pieces, as they go through considerable wear and tear, and they do carry quite the responsibility.
Such is the case with the bits that control the wheels, known as the control arms and bushings. If you need replacement, you can find a great deal of options of Hilux control arms and bushings, made of quality materials so that they serve you for a long time.
If you’re up for a DIY project, and being your own mechanic, so you both have fun and get to save on some money, you’d be pleased to know you wouldn’t have much of a trouble in the Hilux control arms bushing replacement. All you have to do is carry out frequent check-ups and pay attention to anything out of the usual.
As the bits that control the wheel movement, up and down, preventing it from moving forward or backward, they go through wear and tear due to the weather conditions, and heat, and if not checked and replaced on time, they can give you some unusual handling issues, improper steering, as well as tyre wear.
You can check by grabbing the steering wheel, and turning it all the way to the right. If you hear any noise, it’s time to do some inspection. Then repeat the same by turning the steering wheel all the way to the left.
Of course, you have to do all this by primarily blocking the rear wheels, and applying the brake. If there happens to be bushing that appears to be out of place, is split, has oil saturation, or makes the control arm move as you try to push it in and pull it out, it needs to be replaced. The same goes both for upper and lower bushings.
In case they do need replacing, you’d have to first remove the control arms to be able to replace them. As the arms are connected with bolts, first remove the bolts, then remove the control arms, remove the old bushings by drilling into them, then install the new bushings into the control arms by getting a bit of help by lubricating the bushings well, then fit the control arms back into the brackets, fit the bolts back as well, and tighten.