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GM Suspension Bushings and Clutch Kit

GM quality car parts are the ones that make up every GM vehicle. With such important functions to perform, it is a must to keep them properly maintained.

GM suspension bushings are basically used to connect the various moving arms and pivot points to the chassis and other parts of the suspension. These can be found in many locations on the suspension system. These bushings often take the form of an annular cylinder of flexible material inside a metallic casing or outer tube. They might also feature an internal crush tube which protects the bushing from being crushed by the fixings which hold it on to a threaded spigot.

GM suspension bushings can be made from different materials such as natural rubber and urethane compound. Natural rubber is specially with high tensile strength and excellent stability at low temperatures. Natural rubber suspension bushings require no lubrication, isolates minor vibration, reduces transmitted road shock and operates noise free. Polyurethane or Urethane suspension bushings, however, increase the performance handling characteristics of the vehicle since urethane is a firmer material then rubber. Polyurethane can be as soft as a rubber band or as hard as plastic. GM suspension bushings should be replaced if they are cracked, elongated, oil saturated, or worn. Looseness, cracks and off set bolts are the most common signs of bushings in need of replacement.

Equally important as keeping a vehicle's suspension at its best is giving the best maintenance for the the vehicle's manual transmission. And the best GM part to do just that is the GM clutch kit. The GM clutch is a subcomponent of the manual transmission system. Its function is to engage and disengage the engine to the gearbox and transfer torque to the vehicle's transmission in split-seconds.

A GM clutch kit is composed of a clutch disc or a clutch friction disc and clutch pressure plate. Some clutch kits however already have pilot bushings or pilot bearings included. The pressure plate is consist of a clutch plate, springs, cover and release fingers. There are two types of pressure plates namely the diaphragm-type and the spring-type. The clutch disc is a metal disc that directs the flow of power between the engine and the transmission along with the pressure plate and the flywheel. Regular clutch discs are lined with asbestos which is the same material that is used in brake shoes and pads to achieve friction. A clutch with better materials used for friction and stronger springs to go with it can give faster and harder launches, quicker shifts, and much better durability. A GM clutch kit basically has the components needed to restore clutch performance. With a complete GM clutch kit, all damaged components can be replaced all at once so that they can function and fit well together.

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