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Transmission Bushings

Replacement Transmission Bushing

Like many materials and components used in the transmission field, the word bushing can be identified by different names. Sliding bearings, plain bearings, sliding bearings, friction bearings, or solid bearings are all concepts used to define what many of us respond to as bushings.

Bushings, including bearings, have always been around earlier than vehicles and are used in different industries. The bushings are small, lightweight, have high load capacity, and are the cheapest type of bearing in use today. A bushing can serve as a bearing if placed into a frame or a bore to include a rotating shaft surface.

A linear bushing is usually pressed into a bore and offers protection for a shaft that passes forward (in / out). If the bushing is not pressed to match, the dowel or snap ring will keep it in place.

It is fair to assume that the primary reason we use bushings and bearings in transmissions is to minimize friction and wear and maintain the components' alignment. If we're speaking about a bearing or a bush, each has its benefits and drawbacks.

Why Bushing Instead of a Bearing?

  • Bushings are much less susceptible to shock loads or oscillations; bearings can build brinelling, resulting in race damage and eventually bearing and seal failure.
  • Bushings tend to be 50 percent lighter than similar needle bearings and 1/14th that of comparable ball bearings.
  • Bushings can accommodate much stronger misalignment of the shaft.
  • The bushing has a much greater region of contact than the bearing, spreading the load over a larger area.
  • Bearings are usually 100-400 percent more costly than bushings.

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Bushings may be made of various materials, such as brass, stainless steel, rubber, cast iron, or nylon. The secret to the layout of the material depends on the type of use the bushing may undergo. Bushing material must protect and support the part from damage. This implies that it must be tough enough to keep the load but flexible sufficient to secure the shaft moving within it.

Transmission Bushing Materials

Steel Backed

It's also called the babbitt. These bushings give high fatigue resistance and load-bearing capability with surface quality conduct and corrosion resistance. It's a cheaper material than bronze, and it's remarkable service life. These consist of a steel tube for security and a babbitt placed into the tube.


This is a very robust material that provides excellent service for low-speed, high-load, heavy-duty service. There are 17 multiple kinds of bronze materials currently in use.


Look for these in some wet implementations, such as shaft support in some transmissions and bushings in dry systems, such as transmission shift links. Popular fabrics include Teflon, Nylon, Bespel, and Urethane.

Cast Iron

These bushings are usually used to help a reinforced steel pipe. The friction coefficient is very low so that the cast iron "glazes over" during use leads to very little wear and a very great life.

Transmission Bushing Damage


It happens when the lubricating barrier breaks down, causing the shaft and the bushing to contact each other. If your bushing indicates an inappropriate score, this could be due to insufficient clearance between both the bushing and the shaft. Still, it is more probable to be attributable to a shortage of lube flow.


This damage is usually caused by lubricant cavitation, but not by the sort of cavitation you're used to working within the transmission world. Lub cavitation happens when the oil film's density begins to break down, contributing to hot zones on the bushing.

Ground Wires

Like many other car grounds, the transmission of ground wires is essential to the running of the vehicle. Both power and ground links must be healthy and clear of unnecessary resistance to avoid a plethora of problems, including bushing failures.

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