Geo Metro Control Arm
Top Geo Metro Control Arm Problems and the Reasons behind Them
Staying true to its name, the Geo Metro control arm works just like an arm that connects your vehicle's steering wheel to the hubs of the tires. This wishbone-like component also controls the movements of the wheels in accordance with the road condition and the motion of the steering wheel. With old age and too much use, your vehicle's control arm and its bushings will eventually deteriorate fail. You will know when your Geo Metro control arm assembly is about to retire when you see the following problems:
Does your steering wheel vibrate everytime you surf the freeways in high speed? Does it shake when you step on the brake pedal? If your Geo Metro is having these problems, your vehicle's control arm is probably in trouble. Apart from the unnecessary shaking of the steering wheel, excessive movement of the wheels themselves also indicates a bad control arm. All these problems usually occur when your Geo Metro control arm is bent or worn out. These could also result from rust-infested or torn control arm bushings. The only way to get rid of these unnecessary steering wheel and tire movements is by replacing the damaged control arm and/or control arm bushings.
Do you often hear noises from your suspension system when you turn the steering wheel? Do you feel embarrassed everytime you park your vehicle or when you drive through slow traffic because your Geo Metro produces squeaking, grinding, whining, rattling, or clunking noise? Although these annoying noises may indicate other suspension problems, it is still highly possible for the control arm and its bushings to cause these sounds. When the bushings go bad, your Geo Metro control arm can move freely under your vehicle. Its movements cause it to tap or bang against the other suspension system components. This tapping or banging produces the annoying sounds you hear when you make a turn or drive in lower speeds. For this problem, replacing the worn-out bushings is the only solution.
Other troubleshooting tips
To effectively diagnose other Geo Metro control arm problems, you must test-drive your vehicle for a couple of hours. Pay attention to the movement and response of the steering wheel and the suspension system everytime you make a turn. If you notice impreciseness or looseness in cornering, or if you often experience vague steering, your vehicle's control arm bushings definitely need to be replaced. Other signs you need to watch out for include misaligned wheels and uneven tire tread wear.