The lower control arm bushings for 2001-2006/2008-2009 Mazda Tribute and 2008-2009 Tribute Hybrid are located at the rear of the front suspension lower control arm. The control arm is mounted in the front subframe with two bolts (one vertical and one horizontal). The bushing is part of the lower control arm and cannot be serviced separately from the arm.
Bushings with a separation or crack greater than 3/8-inch (10mm) in depth should be replaced. The customer may hear a bang or clunk in the front suspension if there is enough separation for the arm to contact the subframe.
Note location of the lower control arm bushing at the rear of the arm (A). The arm is mounted to the front subframe with bolts B and C.
This is a new bushing prior to assembly into the control arm. Bolt B passes through the inner sleeve and the outer sleeve is pressed into the control arm. The rubber bushing is bonded to both the inner and outer sleeves.
This is a generic bushing showing minor surface cracks that do not adversely affect the bushing performance. Bushings exhibiting surface cracks with a depth of less than 3/8-inch (10mm) are acceptable. These bushings do not require replacement.
This is a partial separation between the rubber and outer sleeve. The bushing may show signs of movement on the rubber surface, making the surface shiny. Bushings with a separation or crack depth less than or equal to 3/8-inch (10mm) are acceptable