Troubleshooting Nissan Frontier Control Arm Common Problems
Suspension problems are quite common to several Nissan Frontiers. Frontier owners complain of unnecessary noise coming from the front end of the vehicle or even the feeling that the vehicle is falling apart. Some attributes these problems to a bad control arm or a worn-out bushing. While they could be right or wrong on their diagnosis, here are some troubleshooting tips that might help you to know what exactly is causing your pick-up to act up:
Solid clunking sound
Whenever you are driving on low speed over small potholes, you notice this groaning or solid clunking sound coming from somewhere in your front bumper. You checked your control arms, and they all look fine. Well, the control arms could be fine, but the bushings are otherwise. You can check the two bolts at the top of the front control arms of your vehicle. If they are loose, use a wrench to tighten them. If they are worn-out or missing, then you should replace them immediately to avoid further damage on your vehicle's suspension.
If your Frontier's wheel shakes when you grab it and move it from side to side, then it means that your front control arm's ball joint has failed. You can also verify this by checking if there is a clunking sound when you move your wheels with your hands. However, it doesn't follow that if your front arm fails, the rear arm is also defective. To test if the rear arm is failing, remove the wheel and shake the front arm. If there is movement where the ball joints meet as you do this, then your rear arm's joint has also failed. Remember that when the ball joint of any of the control arms has failed, then the entire control arm should be replaced.
When there is a problem in one of the control arms of your vehicle, you might notice that your pick-up seems to be "wandering" whenever you drive on high-speed. It could either be due to a failed ball joint or a loose bushing. Inspect all the ball joints of the control arms of your vehicle to confirm what is causing the problem.