Federal-Mogul has introduced MOOG Problem Solver control arm bushings featuring a patent-pending ball-and-socket design that eliminates stress-induced failures encountered in original equipment-style parts. The new MOOG bushings, which Federal-Mogul states last up to 10 times longer than OE-style bushings, are available for millions of popular foreign-nameplate and domestic passenger vehicles.
OE-style control arm bushings used in vertical applications are commonly manufactured from a hard rubber compound that has been bonded to a housing and bolt sleeve. This material is repeatedly stressed by expansion and compression under load, often leading to rapid separation from the housing or sleeve, the company notes. This condition causes unwanted noise and a noticeable loss in steering and handling precision. The hard rubber used in conventional bushings also makes it harder for technicians to align the sleeve during installation.
The new MOOG Problem Solver control arm bushings for these applications feature a ball-and-socket design that eliminates the stress-induced failures encountered in conventional bushings while providing improved steering and handling feel, according to Federal-Mogul. In addition, the new Problem Solver bushings are permanently lubricated and sealed with premium MOOG boots to prevent contamination.
The new MOOG bushings also help professional technicians save time by providing fast, easy alignment of the bushing sleeve with the bolthole in the vehicle frame, the company says.
“The MOOG Problem Solver ball-and-socket design provides smooth rotational movement for dramatically improved steering feel while eliminating material stress that causes premature failure of conventional parts used in these applications,” said Mark Boyle, director, steering and suspension, North America, Federal-Mogul. “This innovative technology is another example of the MOOG brand’s unique ability to deliver parts that last longer, perform better and are easier to install in the service bay.”
The new Problem Solver design is available immediately for millions of popular passenger vehicles from Chrysler, Ford, General Motors, Honda, Mazda and Toyota. Federal-Mogul also offers the new design in select MOOG replacement control arms.
For more information regarding these new MOOG Problem Solver parts and other MOOG products, visit the brand’s technician-focused www.moogproblemsolver.com website or contact your MOOG supplier. Like MOOG on Facebook at www.facebook.com/moogproblemsolver or follow us on Twitter (@moogPS). To identify the right MOOG part for virtually any application, use the www.FMe-cat.com electronic catalog.