Noise At Front Suspension
From a Studebaker Service
All models with rubber and steel inner suspension bushings
Please record this article on the Service Bulletin Reference page at the
end of the Steering and Front Suspension section of your 1956' Passenger
Car Shop Manual. This supersedes the article in Service Bulletin No. 312
on page 4 under the title of "Control Arm Bushing Retainers - All
Models". The plain washers formerly installed on the control arm
inner shaft bushing retainer cap screws are no longer used in production.
They are shown as item 3, Fig. 8, on page 4 and item 5, Fig. 12, on page
6 of the Front Suspension and Steering section of the 1956 Passenger Car
Shop Manual. Therefore, it is necessary and important that the bushing
retainer cap screws be torqued to the proper specification.
Noise at the front suspension may result from bushing looseness at the
upper control arm inner shaft. This can be caused by: the retaining screw
having backed out leaving the bushing loose, the bushing retainer being
worn and not holding the inner sleeve of the bushing, or the bushing itself
Remove and inspect the bushing retainer. The inner side of the retainer
should have 6 serrations in good condition. The outside of the retainer
should not have pronounced galled spots from the lock washer. Replace
the retainer if necessary. Then, be sure to tighten the cap screws to
the specified torque.
If the retaining screw has worked loose, install a "Nylok" self-locking
screw which has been released under Part No. 1541700. Also a plain washer,
Part No. G446211, has been released for service to replace the original
lock washer used in production. It is recommended that this screw and
washer be installed in all cases where the original production retaining
screw has loosened and a noise condition exists. The new screw should
be tightened to the proper torque of 35 ft.-lbs.
Under no circumstances should there be any lubricant applied to the bushing
or retainer to cure a noise condition at this point.
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