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Chevrolet Monte Carlo Control Arm

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.

Noise

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.

Wobbles

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.

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  • Ways to Upkeep Your Chevrolet Monte Carlo Control Arm 27 February 2013

    The control arm, by itself, is one of the sturdier parts in your car. But we are here to enlighten you before you go: "Alleluia, a part I don't need to constantly spend on!" The rods are definitely sturdy and should last for years or up to 150,000 miles, but problems with control arms are usually caused by the parts attached to it. So to help you keep your Chevrolet Monte Carlo control arm in top condition, we listed tips on how to take care of the part as well as the parts attached to it.


    Use just a bit of grease and stay away from lubricants


    Most car owners just let the control arms run dry to avoid too much movement or early wear. This part is true; lubricants can allow the part too much movement, causing poor steering and turning performance. They can also attract grit which can damage the arm. However, running them dry risks a bit too much friction. We recommend that you apply grease-just a little bit-on the assembly. Grease is less likely to attract grit and is more viscous than lubricants.


    Inspect the bushings and spring regularly


    As said above, control arm problems are usually caused by the bushings or the spring. These parts typically last for 50,000 to 60,000 miles, but the figure can be lower if you drive on rough roads or one-too-many bumps daily. We recommend that you check the bushings and spring (if they're loose or slightly chipped) every time you notice a slight decrease in the control arm's performance.


    Check for leaks when you replace the bushings


    If you've found that the bushings need to be replaced, we recommend that you take a look at the power steering lines as well. There is a chance that the bushing went bad because power steering liquid got on it. A quick check for leaks should do because, if left unsolved, a leaking power steering line would only cause you to repeatedly replace the bushings.


    Replace the arm, not just the bushings


    In most cases, it is best to just get a new arm rather than just replace the bushings. Every time you change the bushings, you would need to realign the assembly and you are not 100% guaranteed that the new bushings will go well with the old control arm.