Diagnosing Different Nissan Murano Control Arm Problems
The control arms are a vital parts of the Nissan Murano's steering system. They are what connect the steering system to the wheels, are sort of conduit, and allow you to take control of the vehicle make it go wherever you want it to. Any brake or malfunction that occurs to the control arms will severely affect vehicle control. There are a number of problems that can occur on the control arms, each one giving out different signs or symptoms to alert you. Read on to learn more about Nissan Murano control arm related problems and their causes.
Excess vibrations or shaking on the Nissan Murano's steering wheel
These are usually signs of worn out control arm bushings. With nothing to cushion the controls arms and keep them in place, they will rattle about as the car moves. This becomes more noticeable when driving in the freeway at high speeds, where driving should usually at its smoothest. The control arms aren't the only things at fault when this happens. This problem can also be caused by other parts of the suspension or the wheels.
Squeaking sounds when driving
This problem is usually exacerbated when going through over bumps and rough portions of the road. This squeaking sound is usually caused by two things. The first problem, which is the easier one to fix, is a lack of lubrication. Of course, the only way to fix this problem is to apply the appropriate amount of grease where it is needed. If after a week or so, the sound starts coming back, then you've got another problem, worn bushings.
Excessive steering wheel movement and unresponsive steering
The control arms support the steering system of the Murano. Not surprisingly, any problem with the control arms will translate almost directly into vehicle handling. An unsupported steering wheel will usually move about a lot, steering your vehicle in different directions. The vehicle itself won't be that responsive to the movement of the steering wheel and may wander about. This problem is usually caused by worn out control arm bushings, as usual. At worst, it could also mean that the control arms themselves are worn out. A full replacement of the control arm set is needed in this case.