Tech Tip: Is it Time to Replace the Control Arm?
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Tech Tip: Is it Time to Replace the Control Arm?

How do you know when it’s time to replace a control arm? Four symptoms provide the clues you need to make a smart diagnosis.

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How do you know when it’s time to replace a control arm? Four symptoms provide the clues you need to make a smart diagnosis.

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1. The ball joint boot is cracked or torn. Grease can escape, causing corrosion, wear and failure;

2. The ball joint and/or bushing is loose. The resulting noise and/or vibration can lead to larger driveability and safety issues;

3. The opening in the control arm is deformed. This could compromise safety and handling; and

4. One side of the tire is wearing unevenly. This could be caused by a collapsed bushing or loose ball joint.

Courtesy of Raybestos.

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