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Wheel and Brake vibration - lower control arm bushing
If you have what feels like warped rotors when braking, and possibly a vibration at interstate speeds, it could be your lower control arm bushing. Sometimes referred to as the "compliance bushing" by Honda.
This bushing contains fluid that if / when the rubber cracks, will leak out.
I had my rotors turned, and new tires at 75,000 miles but neither helped. The tire person noticed black oily fluid leaking from the bushing. It was enough to leave a spot on floor. It only leaked when the vehicle is lifted up and the suspension is hanging down.
I took the vehicle back several times for re-balancing, but the shake at 70 to 75 mph was bad enough that I couldn't read the letters on the steering wheel buttons (when not holding the wheel).
Searching on the web found that this bushing could be the problem. A mechanic on another site said the he had changed about 10 of these in the past 6 months. They redesigned the new OEM part, so that may be related.
I bought the parts and was going to do it myself, but that "upside down" ball joint requires a special tool. Took it to an alignment shop and they installed my parts for $130 for both sides. Now it is smooth and no more vibration when stopping. Picture of part leaking oil attached.
Last edited by mobro; 10-24-2011 at 05:09 PM.
Reason: added year of vehicle