Premature wear of the hydro bushing is a frequent cause of early control arm failure. Hamburg-based manufacturer MEYLE has therefore made a further six additions to its range of MEYLE-HD control arm assemblies to fit Land Rover models: The MEYLE engineers have replaced the hydro bushing of the original part with a full-rubber bushing in MEYLE-HD quality. By using a high-grade elastomer material distinguished by its excellent resilience to tensile and compression forces and by optimising the part design, the MEYLE engineers have devised a solution which significantly exceeds the service life of the OE version.
The new MEYLE-HD control arms for the Land Rover Discovery III built from 2004 onwards and the Range Rover Sport built from 2005 onwards are available as of now under the following MEYLE references:
- 53-16 050 0000/HD and 53-16 050 0001/HD: Range Rover Sport from YOM 2005 onwards
- 53-16 050 0009/HD and 53-16 050 0010/HD: Land Rover Discovery III
- 53-16 050 0011/HD and 53-16 050 0012/HD: Land Rover Discovery III
For all three vehicle applications the reinforced MEYLE-HD bushing can be replaced separately and is available under the MEYLE reference 53-14 610 0000/HD.
MEYLE workshop advice: The MEYLE engineers recommend that full-rubber bushings be replaced per axle and tightened down in a pre-loaded condition only. This helps prevent cracking and peeling of the rubber-to-metal bond while maintaining responsive driving dynamics. Upon completion of any repair work, an axle alignment must be performed.