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Symptoms of a Bad or Failing Control Arm Assembly
Common signs include a vibrating steering wheel, steering pulling to the left or right, and clunking noises.
How Long Does a Control Arm Assembly Last?
The control arm assembly keeps the wheels in line with the car’s body to control the motion of the wheels. They are a vital piece of your vehicle’s suspension system as...
Symptoms of a Bad or Failing Pitman Arm
If your steering wheel feels loose, you loose the ability to steer, or the car starts wandering on the road, you may need to replace the pitman arm.
How to Replace a Control Arm Assembly
The control arms are a mounting point for the wheel and brake assembly. It need to be replaced if damaged or if bushings and ball joints are worn.
What Does It Mean When a Car Has "Wishbone" Suspension?
Designers of automotive suspension systems must consider many factors, including the cost, weight, and compactness of the suspension and the handling characteristics they wish to achieve. No design is perfect at achieving all of...
How to Buy a Good Quality Control Arm Assembly
Did you ever wonder how your car’s tires can stay on the road when you go over potholes and other rough areas? Control arms are the answer. These pivot points in...

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Do you think my control arm is bent?
i do think you bent suspension components if your tire is rubbing. You may have bent more than the lower control arm and should have the sway bar, strut, spindle all checked to see if they also were damaged. ...
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When replacing my ball joints on my 2005 dodge Strauss do I need to replace the control arms as well
Hi there. When changing out the ball joints, you don't need to change the control arms if you have a replacement ball joint. However, if you are wanting to replace the bushings and the ball joint, then you may get...
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My car lean to one side after changing my upper ball joints
This vehicle has ball joints that are integral with the control arms and consequently the control arms are replaced if the ball joints are worn. Replacement of the control arms, particularly the upper control arm, implicates the air ride and...
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I need to replace the lower control arm on the driver side. Should I replace the passenger side as well?
Good question...generally, the decision rule when it comes to car parts, is "test, diagnose, measure and confirm" before you needlessly spend money replacing a part that might very well be perfectly good. That advice though does NOT apply to wear-out...
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What is the shop time for lower control arm replacement on a 2006 Cadillac DTS?
Hi there. The labor to replace the lower control arm on one side is between 1 to 1 1/2 hours in a shop environment, depending on the bolts and if there is any rust or if the ball joint will...
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Why is my van pulling to the right and steering wheel pointing left.
There are several possibilities, all of which would be evaluated in a suspension inspection conducted by a certified Mechanic. The simplest scenario is the wheel alignment is thrown off during the collision. From your description, of course the alignment is...
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How to remove the whole the rear control arm &hub unit
Hello thank you for writing in. These can be a stubborn and painful part to remove if they are caked with road grime or rusted. If necessary, you will want to clean off the area as well as possible before...
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Hit a curb, bent the axle?
Although the CV axle on the side that was hit, particularly the CV joints, could have been damaged in the collision, the damage you are seeing is more likely due to the control arm, strut, and steering knuckle getting pushed...
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How do I remove a control arm?
Hi there. You will need the following tools be for you start: Jack stands Wheel chocks Socket set (metric) Wrench set (metric) Hammer (may need it) Needle nose pliers Tire iron Place the vehicle on jack stands and...
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I feel a thump anytime I hit the smallest dip in the road. I've been told that my control arm or tie end rod needs to be replaced.
Hi there. Raise up your vehicle and check the tie rod ends and the control arms and see if they are damaged or loose. Also check the strut tower and see if they are loose at the top of the...
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Can you tell me specifically what the name of this part is?
The part you indicate got damaged is called a lower control arm. You have the rear and forward lower control arms on the rear of each side of the vehicle.
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Control arms
The left and right upper and lower control arms are different part numbers and are shaped different. They are not interchangeable. You will need to perform an alignment on the front end after replacing the control arms.
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Is it hard to replace the lower control arm on my 2003 Nissan Sentra
Hello. Replacing the control arm on your vehicle is not a task that requires the removal of the spring. This does make it easier than if the spring needed to be removed. The main precautions that need to be taken...
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Is there another car i can use bushings off of? Can't find my cars bushing for lower control arms 1999 Mitsubishi Diamante
Hi there - on this specific model, the bushing is pre-installed in the control arm by suppliers. For aluminum control arms such as this one, it is generally not a good idea to field-repair the control arm. The act of...
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drive side (L.H) lower control arm does it have tenssion on it? If so what will i need to get the tension off?
Considerable disassembly is required on this model in order to remove and replace the left lower control arm. Among the many steps in the repair procedure, the steering shaft linkage must be disconnected and the sub frame of the vehicle...
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My 2013 BMW 528 seems to make a slight squeaky sound when i'm driving slow not fast.
Hi there. The noise that you are hearing is the control arm bushing are hard and need replaced. If you need further assistance with your control arm bushings, then seek out a professional, such as one from Your Mechanic, to...
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How long does it take to replace the control arm assembly in a Mercedes-Benz S 500?
Hi there. The time for removing and replacing a control arm on a 2000 Mercedes-Benz S500 ranges between 4 to 6 hours depending on the persons experience and if the parts come off easy or not. If you need further...
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Lower control arm assembly comes with ball joint for a lexus nx2oot
The OEM (dealer) parts are sold separately, that is you have to buy the ball joint and the control arm individually, if you desire both parts. In the aftermarket, you can buy a complete assembly, that is a control arm...
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I have a clinking noises from the rear when I am driving over a bump. The noise is most relevant in hot weather.
Hi there. The noise sounds like the control arm bushings are worn and making the suspension walk around. Jack up the vehicle and check the suspension on the rear for any looseness and if there is any broken or damaged...

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