Mercedes is the best definition of reliability, comfort, and luxury all rolled in one. With the right and frequent TLC, your Merc is a faithful servant.
However, there are expected wear and tear issues particular to Mercedes, and thrust link and control arm bushings are among them.
What They Are
The Thrust Link and Control Arm Bushings are common issues with Mercedes Benz. This wear item on the front suspension can cause many problems, but it can also be an easy fix.
The Thrust Link is located in the center of the steering column and connects to the steering knuckle, and its primary function is to transmit force from your steering wheel to your rear wheels. The problem with this system is that it’s made out of rubber and will eventually wear out by rubbing against itself or something else in the vehicle. The rubber wearsThe problem with this system is that it’s made out of rubber and will eventually wear out by rubbing against itself or something else in the vehicle. The rubber wears down and separates from its metal bushing, causing it to become loose or even fall off entirely.
Symptoms of Thrust Link and Control Arm Bushings Problems
When you have a thrust link issue with your Mercedes Benz, you’ll notice that your car drifts when you turn or make sharp turns or U-turns because it’s losing grip on one side.
The suspension will also not function at optimum levels, and you would be in for the bumpiest ride. Other issues that crop up include odd tire and ball joint wear.
When this happens, you’ll need to replace your Thrust Link bushing with a new one so that it doesn’t slip anymore and cause problems when you drive down the road.
While these are issues to look out for at the 100,000-mile mark, there are reports of thrust link and control arm problems from as early as 60,000 miles.
If you feel your Merc is not behaving as it should, bring it over to A1 Performance European Auto Repair.