Quick Tips in Buying a New Control Arm Shaft
A wobbly wheel is always a serious issue. It's a problem that should never be disregarded because a wobbly wheel significantly affects steering and braking. Finding a solution for it shouldn't be put off for later either. Simply put, ignoring a wobbly wheel isn't a good idea since not addressing this particular problem can lead to very dangerous situations. You surely wouldn't want to risk you life and limb just because of a wheel, would you?
If one of your wheels is wobbly, the control arm, which connects the wheel to the frame, is most likely malfunctioning. The reason for the malfunction may be a worn-out bushing or the control arm itself may be broken. If it's not those, then the control arm shaft may be damaged.
What's a Control Arm Shaft?
As said above, the control arm is the component that attaches the wheel to the automotive body. The control arm shaft (also known as CV shaft) is one of the main parts of the control arm. If it's not in a good condition, then the wheel that it holds will really become wobbly.
When to Get a Replacement
If your control arm shaft is cracked, damaged, or rusted, you have no choice but to get a replacement for it. There's no need to worry as a replacement won't cost you a lot. Installing a new control arm shaft shouldn't pose a lot of difficulty as well even if you're not a seasoned DIYer.
What Control Arm Shaft Should You Get?
An OEM replacement for the control arm shaft is recommended. With an OEM replacement, you can expect high quality as it's reliable and very durable, which means you won't have to replace it again anytime soon. You also won't encounter a lot of issues in the installation of an OEM control arm shaft.
A steel control arm shaft is pricier than its aluminum version as the former lasts longer than the latter. Choose according to your budget but we suggest getting a steel control arm shaft since they aren't that much more expensive than an aluminum one anyways.
How to Replace Your Toyota Camry's Control Arm Shaft
Control arms, also known as wishbones because of their appearance, connect the wheels to the automotive frame. Can you imagine what could possibly happen if they aren't functioning well? Basically, it's very dangerous to drive with a faulty control arm. The cause for this may be a broken control arm shaft. If yours is already in bad condition, don't waste time and install a new on right away. We'll guide you on how to do just that.
- Jack stands
- Tire iron
- Socket Wrench
Step 1: Park your Camry on a level surface.
Step 2: Lift the area where the control arm shaft that you want to replace is located (use a jack of course). Position jacks stands underneath it afterwards.
Step 3: Remove all the lug nuts on the wheel that's in that particular area. Of course, take the wheel out once all the lug nuts are off.
Step 4: You'll need to expose the control arm bolt in the center of the wheel mounting. To do that, you'll have to pull off the brake rotor by using a large socket. Now, you can take out the broken control arm shaft by accessing it behind the wheel assembly.
Step 5: Finally, you can install your brand-new control arm shaft. To do that, place the new one in the position of your old control arm shaft. Put back everything that you took out earlier.
Note: This is a good time to replace the control arm itself. Read on and skip step 5 if you wish to do that.
Step 6: Next, you'll have to remove the ball joint retaining nut. You can do that by placing a wrench on one side of it to hold it in place and using a socket wrench on the other side to remove the retaining nut.
Step 7: Using your wrench, detach the sway bar linkage that can be found in the center of the control arm. After that, remove the mounting bolts on the other side of the control arm. Now, you can pry off your old control arm.
Step 8: Now, you can install your brand-new control arm. Screw it in place but don't over-tighten the screws until you've put them all in. If you over-tighten them right away, you'll have difficulty in positioning the new control arm correctly.
Step 9: You can tighten the screws with a socket wrench once they're all in there.
Step 10: Take a new ball joint (this should be included in a control arm kit) and position it in the area where the old one was. Secure it with a ball joint retaining nut.
Step 11: Grab your new control arm shaft and position it into the wheel housing. Make sure that the control arm bolt is secured properly.
Step 12: Now, put everything else (the brake rotor, the brake caliper, the wheel) to where they were.
Now, take your Camry out on the road and test your new installation(s)!