Sensing Volkswagen Jetta Control Arm Troubles
The Volkswagen Jetta is a sedan that has been increasing in popularity recently. Each year, it has been improving further in all aspects, like it's size and power. However, these improvements cannot be put into good use if the suspension is not built tough enough to support it. A compatible suspension can greatly accent, supplement, and complement any kind of performance improvement. The control arm is but one of the many parts that makes the magic in the suspension happen. This suspension part allows the wheel to move vertically while still maintaining contact with the road. Unfortunately, with the passing of time and constant usage, the control arm won't be performing up to par always, because it will gradually wear down. If the control arm goes bad, the car will be uncontrollable and accidents will inevitably happen. Here are some tips on how to sense control arm issues with your Volkswagen Jetta.
Any kind of noise: clunking, grinding, rattling, and groaning from underneath the vehicle mean that there's something out of the ordinary that's happening. Identify if it comes from the suspension. If the noise indeed came from the suspension parts, the control arm might be the culprit. The danger here is the control arm might have or will split into two. This worrying can be best heard when driving at low speeds and when cornering.
Steering problems brought about by a broken or nearly broken control arm can be recognized into two scenarios: vibration and erratic wheel movement. Vibrations are ignored and overlooked more often than not. But in vibrations in the steering wheel should never be disregarded because it could be an early sign of a failing suspension component. Vibrations while steering in high speeds over a level road may tell that your control arm needs replacement. Control arms are built to last. However, they can incur damage under heavy pressure.
On the other hand, anything that makes the steering wheel less responsive is dangerous. Control is vital in a vehicle. Any unsolicited and involuntary movement on the steering wheel diminishes control. Therefore, once you feel any shaking on the steering wheel that wasn't there before, inspect the control arm bushings and the control arm for any damage. Replacement of any defective part in the control arm is warranted. In addition, since the control arms manage the position of the wheels, anything wrong with it will cause the wheel to dilly-dally. A loosely attached control arm may be the origin. To determine if the control arm causes this problem, lift the suspected wheel that has the assumed damaged control arm. Shake the wheel up and down. If there is too much movement and little to no resistance, replace the control arm.
Tire wear is natural because of the friction between the road and the tire. But a defective control arm can speed up this process by introducing additional and irregular tire wear on other sections of the tire. This happens because the defective control arm or inoperable control arm bushing negatively affects the alignment of the camber, making the camber misalign. Replace the worn out parts as needed and don't forget to realign the camber properly.