Chevrolet Monte Carlo Control Arm: Problems and Solutions
You're driving late at night on an almost-empty city road so you decide to reawaken your dream of becoming a badass race driver. Why wouldn't you? Everyone would. The temptation of living in one of those Hollywood car chases is far too good to ignore. But there are times that you simply "can't" because of a faulty control arm assembly. Don't miss such an opportunity by solving control arm problems as soon as possible. To guide you on the troubleshooting, we listed the reasons behind the two most common problems with your Chevrolet Monte Carlo control arm.
Some time in your life as a driver, you would hear noises from the front wheel assembly when you go over a bump or turn a corner. In worse cases, the noise can even be heard even though you are simply driving on a smooth road. The clunking noises are likely caused by the control arm; take note, we said "likely". Before pointing the fingers at the control arm, we advise you to first check the CV joints and the motor mounts. Worn out joints, bushings, or bolts can also cause the clunking noises you hear.
If you checked the other parts and found nothing wrong, then it's time to blame the control arm. Your Chevrolet Monte Carlo control arm is bound to wear out after 80,000 miles or so, depending on how rough the roads you drive on are or how crazy you drive. The noise can also be heard if the control arm assembly has loosened or if the spring or bushing in the control arm assembly is damaged. In any case, it's best to just throw the problematic part away, replace it and go on with your life.
There would also be times when you notice too much movement in the wheels and in the steering wheel. The wobbles are easily noticed when you take your car out for a drive; the steering wheel shakes too much and if you try to push the wheels in, they have too much space for movement.
These problems are caused by the same reasons mentioned above (too much wear, loose assembly, or damaged spring or bolts). However, it is best to check the CV joint, the ball joint, and steering wheel assembly before concluding that you have a bad control arm.