Trailing arm : Sometimes referred to as a trailing-link depending on vehicle suspension design in which one or more arms are connected between the axle and a pivot point on the chassis of the vehicle. Typically trailing arms are used on the rear axle of vehicles. Depending on the suspension type being independent wheel or full axle, trailing arms are used to hold the spindle(s) for the rear wheels of front wheel drive vehicles or rear wheel drive vehicles without a full rear axle.
Bushings are usually used on trailing arms for the pivot points. Bushings are sometimes replaceable otherwise the whole arm must be changed. There are many different styles, some of which may hold a spring, shock, link and or spindles. Alignment issues can occur requiring an adjustment of the position of the trailing arm on the vehicle.
Other trailing arm problems may occur when the vehicle is towed improperly or involved in an accident. If bent, the alignment will be off and the wheel may look visibly pointing in the wrong direction, leaning in or out, or all of the above. An auto body shop may also be required to perform frame work if the body has bent where the arm is pivoting.
Customers may notice a vehicle pulling or making noises in the rear while driving when problems have occurred. Bringing in the vehicle to the auto mechanic when first noticing a problem is wise and may help prevent other problems with the vehicle including excessive tire wearing.
Guy’s Automotive performs all types if front suspension and rear suspension repairs. Noises, clicks, creaks, leaks or any sounds that may be some kind of mechanical problem can easily be verified and repaired by the professionals at Guy’s Automotive. Check us out for all or your auto repair needs.