The Chevy control arm is one of the many components of the vehicle suspension system, helping to keep the vehicle stable and controlled as it travels. Without the help of the suspension system, the vehicle would lack the flexibility to adjust to the uneven road surfaces that are so common in everyday travel, leaving it very unstable and rigid as it traveled over bumps and rough roads. The Chevy control arm, along with other suspension components helps to keep all four wheels in good contact with the road, allowing them the ability to adjust independently to uneven and bumpy surfaces. The Chevy control arm helps to maintain the proper alignment of the vehicle front-end, helping to keep it tight and stable. The Chevy control arm also works with the suspension to insulate the vehicle body from some of the vibration and jolts that rough roads can bring, protecting it from damage and giving a smooth ride for passenger comfort. There is an upper and lower Chevy control arm positioned at each vehicle wheel, each equipped with a rubber bushing at each pivot point. These bushings help in absorbing the vibration of the road and prevent wear in the Chevy control arm as it moves against other suspension parts. These bushings will deteriorate over time, becoming cracked and brittle from the elements, or wearing away with normal use. When these bushings fail, the Chevy control arm may begin to make noise over bumps as your travel. We carry a selection of quality Chevy control arm replacements in our online catalog at great low prices. Our secure site makes ordering safe and easy or our toll-free phone line is available for your convenience.
FAQs - Chevrolet Control Arm
I hear a knocking sound coming from my vehicle's suspension whenever I drive over rough terrain. I checked the condition of the control arm of my Chevrolet, and I found out that the front control arm is already worn out. Should I replace only this part or all control arms at once?
A knocking or rattling sound whenever you drive over bumps is just one of the many symptoms that your Chevrolet control arm is already worn out. This is a common problem, and the only solution is to replace the full set. Just like replacing shocks or tires, control arms should be replaced in fours. This is because the upper and lower control arms perform the same function, that's why when one is already worn out, then the others are not that far behind. This also saves your time and effort if you replace them all at once. However, if you don't have enough cash at the moment, you can just replace the two front control arms first, and then replace the rear ones when you can afford them.
My Chevrolet has been suffering from uneven tire wear. Upon checking, I noticed that my control arm's bushings are already damaged. I read that I cannot replace the bushings alone; I have to replace the control arms as well. Is it true?
Yes, it is. Given its function and exposure to external factors, bushings are prone to damage and failure. When these parts are already worn out, the Chevrolet control arm must be replaced in order to replace the bushings. Removing the bushings with the control arm still in place will only damage it. If the bushings are not that damaged, sometimes, applying grease on them will make it better. It will keep it from rubbing up against the bracket and creating a squeaking sound. You can use the grease that is included in the polyurethane bushing kit and apply it generously on each one. However, if adding grease is not enough, then you should make it a point to replace the bushings as soon as possible to avoid further damaging your tires.
I recently replaced the whole set of control arms of my vehicle. I noticed that my vehicle has been experiencing a wobbly ride. Is it related to my part replacement?
Yes, it may be related. When you replace the control arms of your vehicle, it may affect the alignment settings. That's why it is advisable to bring your vehicle to your trusted mechanic for a four-wheel alignment. It is important to seek professional help when doing so to ensure your safety. After the wheel alignment, you should test drive your vehicle and check if the wobble is no longer there. If you can still feel it, then the problem is not due to the newly replaced control arms. You might want to have it checked again by an expert mechanic so they can determine the problem. Sometimes, it can be due to worn-out or failed shocks or uneven tire wear.