The control arms on your vehicle are crucial parts of its suspension system. They serve as the direct connection between your chassis and the front wheel assemblies. One end connects to the chassis, were the bushings help to limit noise and vibration while also preventing metal-on-metal contact. The control arm's other end connects to a steering knuckle by way of a ball joint. That's what allows your wheels to move smoothly in all directions.
Types of Control Arm Assemblies
There are three kinds: bolt in, unitized, and press in. If your vehicle is equipped with MacPherson struts, it likely relies on bolt-in assemblies. Unitized and press-in types are integrated with the ball join, so you'll need to replace the entire control arm assembly when replacing a bad one. That's usually an easier, less time-consuming task than when you're replacing a bolt-in assembly.
How to Spot a Failing Control Arm
Control arms go bad gradually, which means you may be driving unsafely without even realizing something's wrong. Signs of failure include:
- Vibrating wheels
- The steering wheel pulls to one side
- You hear strange noises
- The wheels wobble
- Your ride comfort gets worse
- Uneven tire wear
- Erratic braking
Genuine OEM Control Arms Perform Best
When you do need to replace a faulty control arm, get the best for your vehicle. Those made by your manufacturer are guaranteed to be compatible with your model, ensuring the fit and performance you need. Buy from our online auto parts catalog today and we'll get your order shipped right out. If you should have any questions or need help, feel free to contact us. Our parts experts are here to help you get it right the first time!
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