I have just been changing my brake pads for the first time and my mechanic has noticed something unusual. He told me that whenever he brakes at low speed, the car rolls back a bit. According to him, the problem is most likely in the arm bushing (if I heard him right).

I have observed the car from outside and indeed, I did notice that the wheel jerks a bit backwards before stopping.

The car has gone though 42,000 km and I have not got into large potholes or went over curbs. I drive my car reasonably with thought of keeping it as long as possible.

So, is this a known issue, or is this an issue at all and should I be worried?

P.S. I had my 40k service just few weeks ago and they haven't spotted anything at that time.

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    That's just odd and trippy but I"m a motorcycle guy so...... Apr 6, 2016 at 16:17
  • Have a reputable mechanic check the suspension for any worn out parts and solve any issue found. You do not want to take it easy with worn out suspension components.
    – race fever
    Apr 6, 2016 at 22:20
  • By "jerks a bit backwards", do you mean it rotates backwards, or it moves backwards in the wheel well?
    – TMN
    Apr 7, 2016 at 11:50
  • Wheels seem rotating backwards a bit. Looks very strange from the outside.
    – eYe
    Apr 7, 2016 at 12:25
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    Any chance of a video of this behavior? It sounds very strange.
    – Ben
    Apr 10, 2016 at 3:50

1 Answer 1


If it's the control arm bushings, you should notice that the wheel itself shifts a bit backward in the wheel well. It certainly is bad for other components as well as vehicle handling because you get instantly outwards toe angle on your wheel.

If it is the bushing, get it replaced.

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