Why is a correct installation important?

If a silent block is not installed correctly, the roadholding performance of the car will be reduced. The car will not react as it should do in case of sudden, extreme steering movements. The vibrations caused by road bumps will also be less absorbed and will be passed on to the driver. This has a major impact on driving comfort.

What type of silent blocks are there?

Examples of silent blocks are:

  • Most common, standard type of silent block: part made of metal and rubber, with the bush inside centrally in the rubber part
  • Eccentric silent block: the inside bush is not 100% central in the rubber part.
  • Hydraulic silent block: with the inside part containing a fluid to absorb the vibrations.

What are the tools and tips for replacing a silent block in the right way?

For a correct installation, here are a number of things that you should pay attention to.

  • Make sure to have the right tools
    -If the tool is too small, the pressure goes completely onto the rubber or partially onto the rubber and onto the metal housing. This causes the deformation of the metal. In case of a hydraulic silent block, the fluid will run out.
    -If the tool is too large, the pressure also goes onto the outside of the metal housing and will cause its deformation.
    -Now measure the silent block to determine which should be the diameter of the tool and take the right tool.
  • Choose high-quality silent blocks
    -Consult Sidem’s online catalogue in order to find the right silent block.
    -Check if there is a specific installation tool available that you can use.
  • Determine the right direction to push out
    -The deformation of the housing material shows how the silent block was pushed in.
    -Push out the silent block in the direction opposite to the one it was pushed in.
  • Determine the correct position to install the silent block
    -In the old track control arm, measure the distance between the top of the silent block and the housing.
    -Mark this distance on the new silent block.
  • Make sure that the opening in the track control arm is completely cleared
    -Use a file to remove the metal edges that have formed on the inside. This will prevent the silent block to get stuck on the small surfaces of those edges.
  • Make sure the silent block is lubricated
    -A little oil can also contribute to facilitate the installation.

Find out all the tips to take into account

Let’s go over the steps on how to complete the installation using the right tools.

 

Check the video with tools and tips

Why choose Sidem?

Part of being an expert is knowing which steering and suspension brands to trust and choose from. Sidem is a 100% European and leading manufacturer with headquarters in Belgium and has its own production facility in Romania. Over 3 million parts are continuously available from stock in Sidem’s warehouse and our global activities mean that we are always nearby. By investing heavily in our fully automated distribution centre, products are shipped very quickly to more than 90 countries worldwide. Sidem is Europe’s longest-existing supplier of chassis parts founded more than 85 years ago, in the year 1933. Thanks to our strong teams and our year-long experience the family business can pride itself on family values and in-depth know-how when it comes to steering and suspension parts. As a result, OE brands also appreciate our approach.  That is why brands such as Porsche and Ford rely on Sidem for steering and suspension parts. We are proud to say that Sidem covers the most complete range of car brands and models in the aftermarket with no less than 9 000 unique references.

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We have parts for 90% of all European and Asian cars

 

 

We do not focus on 1 car brand. Sidem produces parts for a large variety of all car brands.

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