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Mazda Millenia Control Arm

Helpful Tips to Deal With the Common Problems of Your Mazda Millenia Control Arm

Your Mazda Millenia control arm can have different kinds of problems as your car ages. That's why it's important that you know their common problems and how to check your control arms for signs of wear. To help you troubleshoot these problems, here are some useful tips:

Misalignment

Your tires can get misaligned due to a broken or wobbly control arm, which can also cause you to lose control of the wheels. That's why you're advised not to take out your car to avoid possible road accidents that this problem can cause. You can also expect your tires to wear out easily due to tire misalignment, so don't be surprised to see a camber or any other kind of wear on your tires. Remember that replacing your worn-out tires won't solve the problem, and they will just also get damaged after. What you should prioritize is the repair or replacement of your control arm. If you're not sure how to check the state of this component, you can ask a DIYer friend or a mechanic to inspect it for you. Make sure you do this as soon as possible to avoid further problems.

Clanking noise

If you hear a knocking or clanking noise every time you drive over a hump or a manhole, you may want to check your suspension system. If you find nothing wrong with your shock absorbers and strut assemblies, check your control arm as this can be the source of the noise. Usually, loose bolts and nuts on your control arm are the culprits behind this problem. So if you find any of these aren't tightly fitted on the sockets, secure them using the appropriate tools. Doing this should stop your control arm from making such noise.

Broken arm

It's very easy to see if any of the control arms on your car is broken or not. You just have to simply look behind your tires for any hanging metal piece. But first make sure that that part is your control arm. And should your car have a broken control arm, you shouldn't drive it because you will most likely lose control of your wheel that is connected to that arm. The best thing to do is to have your car towed to a repair shop. However, repairing a control arm can be costly, so be financially prepared just in case you suffer this fate.

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  • Helpful Tips to Clean Your Mazda Millenia Control Arm 27 February 2013

    Although hidden underneath, you still need to clean your control arms to avoid dirt from building up and rust from eating away on the metal. To avoid having to worry about dirt and rust, you need to follow these simple maintenance tips and make your Mazda Millenia control arm clean and shiny:


    Achieve shine with a polishing compound.


    You can use any aluminum polishing compound you can find in auto supply stores, but make sure that it is top-quality and is effective. Also, remember to use either a soft cloth or a rotary polishing wheel to thoroughly bring out the shine on the control arms. However, don't be worried or surprised if you see black on your cloth or polishing wheel as this usually happens. Rest assured, this will leave your control arms clean.


    Try the costlier sandblasting.


    You can have the control arms in your car sandblasted as this process can remove any unwanted particles on the surface. However, sandblasting is a bit expensive, especially that you would have to send your car to a repair shop to get it serviced unless you know to do it and you have the tools for sandblasting. But if you're willing to pay any amount just to maintain your control arms, sandblasting is a good option.


    Get your hands working.


    Before you polish your control arms, you must scrub them using an abrasive pad or fine-wire wool. This should remove the dirt, grime, and debris from the surface of your control arms. Make sure, however, that you don't apply excessive force as you wouldn't want to damage in any way the other components and to scratch yourself.


    Use what's at home.


    If you have a good-quality metal cleaner at home, you can use it to clean your control arms. But keep in mind that you have to read the instructions at the back to see whether it's safe for use on your components. Also, don't forget to wear gloves.


    Take care of the rust.


    Your control arms are highly prone to rust, so if you find some rust spots on them, you must immediately apply a reliable rust remover to keep your control arms rust free. You can also coat them with a good anti-rust solution to avoid rust from developing on the surface. What's good about these products is that they're widely available in any auto supply store.