Symptoms of a Bad or Failing Control Arm Assembly

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Cost of Replacing a Bad or Failing Control Arm Assembly

Common signs include a vibrating steering wheel, steering pulling to the left or right, and clunking noises. Our certified technicians can come to you and diagnose the problem. You will receive a $30 credit towards any follow-up repairs that result from the diagnostic. Following are example prices for Control Arm Assembly Replacement. Click on the button below to get an upfront quote for your car.

Cars Estimate Parts Cost Labor Cost Savings Average Dealer Price
2006 Chevrolet Aveo $174 $104.08 $70.00 17% $211.58
2006 Chrysler Sebring $219 $64.98 $154.00 27% $301.48
2004 Chevrolet Monte Carlo $170 $100.48 $70.00 18% $207.98
2003 BMW 525i $280 $146.88 $133.00 20% $351.13
2008 Audi TT $121 $37.20 $84.00 27% $166.20
2010 Audi S6 $335 $201.78 $133.00 17% $406.03
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How to Diagnose a Bad or Failing Control Arm Assembly?

Control Arm Assembly

A control arm, commonly referred to as an A-arm, is a suspension component found on virtually all road going passenger vehicles. It is a suspension link that connects the wheel hub and steering knuckles to the chassis. They are equipped with bushings and ball joints that allow it to flex and move according to road conditions and steering input from the driver. Over time, the bushings or ball joints on the control arm wear out and can cause all sorts of problems. Usually a problematic control arm assembly will produce a few symptoms that can alert the driver of a potential problem that should be serviced.

1. Steering wheel vibration

One of the first symptoms commonly associated with bad control arms is steering wheel vibrations. If the bushings or ball joints in the control arm become excessively worn it can cause wheel shimmy, which may cause vibrations that may be felt in the wheel. The vibrations may increase as you accelerate and smoothen out once you are traveling at speed.

2. Steering wandering

Another symptom commonly associated with bad or failing control arm assembly is steering wandering. Excessively worn ball joints or bushings can cause the vehicle’s steering alignment to shift, which may cause the steering to pull to the left or right when traveling down the road. This will require a constant correction from the driver in order to steer the vehicle straight.

3. Clunking noises

Clunking noises are another symptom of possible problems with the control arms on a vehicle. If the bushings or ball joints develop excessive play or looseness, this can cause them to knock during takeoff, or when the vehicle is traveling over rough terrain. The clunking sound will continuously get louder as the component wears or until it eventually breaks.

The control arms on a vehicle are very important suspension component, as they are the component that links the spindle, hubs, and therefore wheel to the vehicle’s chassis. When they become worn it can cause problems for the vehicle that may compromise handling, comfort, and safety. For this reason, if you suspect that your vehicle’s control arms may be bad or worn, have the vehicle’s suspension inspected by a professional technician, such as one from YourMechanic. They will be able to replace your control arm assembly if required.

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Logan

46 years of experience
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Logan
46 years of experience
Super happy with Logan’s work!!! He showed up on time and did his job with any problem in a very time efficient way, Logan knew what he was doing and did a grate job I would recommend him to everyone else and I will be using his help in future if needed.
2015 RAM 1500 - CONTROL ARM ASSEMBLY REPLACEMENT (FRONT LOWER RIGHT) - STOCKTON, CALIFORNIA

Scott

31 years of experience
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31 years of experience
Scott was super efficient professional and knowledgeable and generous on sharing his thoughts, will definite come back (hopeful not for repair) and recommend to family and friends
2015 TOYOTA SIENNA - CONTROL ARM ASSEMBLY REPLACEMENT (FRONT LOWER LEFT) - DENVER, COLORADO

Breck

17 years of experience
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Breck
17 years of experience
Friendly, skilled, on time, good communication about what was going on with my car today as well as advice on future maintenance issues
2008 TOYOTA HIGHLANDER - CONTROL ARM ASSEMBLY REPLACEMENT (FRONT LOWER LEFT, FRONT LOWER RIGHT) - HOUSTON, TEXAS

Eduardo

16 years of experience
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Eduardo
16 years of experience
His diagnosis was correct and this service was to do the repair. He was quick and the car rides like new. I have always request Eduardo and will continue to do so.
2007 JEEP LIBERTY - CONTROL ARM ASSEMBLY REPLACEMENT (FRONT UPPER LEFT, FRONT UPPER RIGHT) - HOUSTON, TEXAS

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