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
2004 Ford F-150 Heritage $317 $246.55 $70.00 10% $354.05
2007 Chevrolet Express 2500 $416 $289.98 $126.00 13% $483.48
2007 GMC Yukon $358 $224.98 $133.00 16% $429.23
2011 Lincoln MKZ $225 $154.98 $70.00 14% $262.48
2013 Lincoln Navigator $189 $118.78 $70.00 16% $226.28
2012 Audi S5 $266 $153.68 $112.00 18% $325.68
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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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Lucas

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Lucas
18 years of experience
As usual friendly, knowledgeable and very professional.Very pleased!
2005 LAND ROVER LR3 - CONTROL ARM ASSEMBLY REPLACEMENT (FRONT UPPER RIGHT, FRONT LOWER RIGHT) - SUNLAND, CALIFORNIA

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Kiri was very professional and informative.
2012 CHEVROLET MALIBU - CONTROL ARM ASSEMBLY REPLACEMENT (FRONT LOWER RIGHT) - PHILADELPHIA, PENNSYLVANIA

Joseph

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Joseph showed up on Time, finished his work in a timely manner, and left my garage as clean as he found it.
2009 FORD MUSTANG - CONTROL ARM ASSEMBLY REPLACEMENT (FRONT LOWER LEFT, FRONT LOWER RIGHT) - PLANO, TEXAS

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John was great work was well done will recommend him agian
2015 CHRYSLER 200 - CONTROL ARM ASSEMBLY REPLACEMENT (REAR LOWER LEFT) - ORLANDO, FLORIDA

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