Usually a problematic control arm assembly will produce a few symptoms that can alert the driver of a potential problem that should be serviced.
- Steering wheel vibration. One of the first symptoms commonly associated with bad control arms is steering wheel vibrations.
- Steering wandering.
- Clunking noises.
How much does it cost to replace a control arm?
The control arm should be repaired or replaced as soon as there’s any sign of damage, and control arm replacements costs are typically $117 – $306 for the majority of vehicles. The part itself will normally cost between $42 – $103, with labor time usually an hour or two.
Is driving with a bad control arm dangerous?
While a bad control arm bushing is not dangerous, it can still hamper your driving experience. One such component is the control arm, which is mostly found in the front wheels, though some trucks and cars have it in the rear ones too. It connects the front suspension of the vehicle to its frame.
Is it OK to replace only one control arm?
Yes, you can replace just one control arm. The ball joints are integrated; don’t reuse them. Yes. But you can’t reuse the stock bushing.
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