A crucial part of the steering and suspension system, your Jaguar Xk8's control arms are designed to withstand extreme vibration and pressure. But still, these parts are not immune to wear and tear and they may soon cause problems to your vehicle if not maintained in top shape and function. You see, faulty control arms may roughen your ride and cause loose steering. If you think your Xk8 is having a control arm problem, you better jack your auto up and troubleshoot. Listed below are just some of the common issues that owners experience when driving a Jaguar Xk8 with defective control arms.
Bent control arms or worn out control arm bushings will produce a clunking and thumping noise when you drive. The degraded bushings cause the Jaguar Xk8's control arms to rattle especially when maneuvering around corners. You see, this symptom is more frequently noticeable when driving at lower speeds.
If you find your Jaguar moving like a flimsy cat, then there is a big chance that the control arms are out of order. This will cause wobbly wheels, which will eventually lead to a hard-to-control auto on the road. Too much movement on the wheels puts you in a difficult position to control the vehicle especially in slippery roads. You can test if your car's control arms are defective by jacking up the car and attempting to move the wheel. If you find the wheel and suspension to move easily, then there is a need to replace the control arm or control arm bushings.
Sometimes, only one of the control arms is defective. This is manifested when the Jaguar Xk8 tends to lean on one side when you are about to accelerate or when about to hit the brakes.
If both sides of the control arms are faulty, then your vehicle will have steering problems. Other symptoms that show steering problems may include a wobbly steering wheel. This is noticeable when driving at higher speeds of about 45-60 miles per hour.