The Honda control arm is a part of the suspension system and serves to enhance ride comfort and vehicle control, and your vehicle has a full set all around the vehicle, at each wheel. While a Honda control arm typically will last for years, the bushings that help it to perform its tasks may need to be replaced every now and then. That's because the dense, strong rubber does dry and crack after years of use. When a Honda control arm does bend, it is often due to not changing the bushings, which help to absorb the vibration of the road, soon enough. Taking a peek underneath your vehicle every now and then can help to prevent that from happening. Another frequent source of damage to the Honda control arm is rust. Located underneath the vehicle, the Honda control arm, like all of the suspension parts, is subject to the road splash and road debris that can cause corrosion. Once corrosion gets a start, it will eventually eat through to the point that which the Honda control arm is no longer able to effectively perform its tasks. If the time has come to replace your Honda control arm or its bushings, you'll find just what you need in our online catalog. Entering your basic vehicle information will quickly bring up the Honda control arm parts right for your year and model. Once you've made your selection, you can order your Honda control arm parts either online, via our secure site, or you can dial our toll-free telephone number to place your order directly with one of our pleasant customer service team members.
Honda Control Arm Buyer’s Guide
- Some components of your Honda’s suspension system will wear out after some time. One of the most important parts that will need to be replaced is the Honda control arm.
- Control arms link the wheels to the vehicle’s frame and guide the wheels as they move up and down.
- When a control arm starts to fail, you will notice some symptoms including vehicle vibrations especially in the steering wheel, imprecise steering, squeaking noises, or uneven tire wear.
- Mechanics advise replacing the entire control arm assembly if your mileage is at 90,000 miles or more when one of the control arms fails.
- You can buy an OE direct replacement control arm for as low as $20, but prices can go as high as $500 for performance control arm replacements.
Japanese automaker Honda is one of the most well-known automotive manufacturers in the world with several of their cars becoming household names worldwide. Honda vehicles such as the Honda Accord, Civic, and CR-V have been around for several years and are still very popular because of their reliability as family cars.
But like any other vehicle, some components of your Honda’s suspension system will wear out after some time. One of the most important parts that will need to be replaced is the Honda control arm.
What Does the Control Arm Do?
Control arms, also known as A-arms, are important components of any vehicle’s suspension system. These metal components link the wheels to the vehicle’s frame and guide the wheels as they move up and down. Together with the control arm bushings, the control arm keeps your vehicle stable as you drive.
Exactly how many control arms your vehicle has depends on what type of suspension system it’s equipped with. For instance, when looking for Honda Civic control arm replacements, you might see left or right rear lower control arms, rear upper control arms, front lower control arms, and front upper control arms.
What Happens When Your Honda Control Arm Fails?
When one or more of your control arms start to fail, you will notice some symptoms including vehicle vibrations especially in the steering wheel, imprecise steering, squeaking noises, or uneven tire wear. When one of the control arms breaks while you’re driving, you will have difficulty controlling your vehicle, and your safety will be compromised.
Because a damaged control arm poses a massive safety issue, it’s important to have the damaged component replaced as soon as the problem is detected.
What’s the Difference Between OEM and OE Replacement Honda Parts?
Original Equipment Manufacturer Honda components are car parts that are manufactured by Honda or any of their partner suppliers. These components are designed to meet the exact specifications as the factory-issued ones.
On the other hand, Original Equipment (OE) replacement parts are components manufactured by third-party car parts manufacturers. OE parts can be designed as direct replacements, which means that they also match the original part’s specifications. Some OE parts are designed as performance replacements, which means that they’re designed to perform better compared to the factory-issued parts in a number of ways.
Buying a Control Arm Replacement
If the issue with your control arm is a worn out bushing or ball joint, it’s advisable to replace them in pairs at the front or rear axle wherever the damaged component is. Many mechanics also advise replacing the entire control arm assembly if your mileage is at 90,000 miles or more when one of the control arms fails. This is because an old and worn out control arm usually means that the other control arms are going to wear out soon enough as well. Buying a control arm replacement kit is usually more practical as opposed to replacing each worn out control arm individually within a short period of time.
How Much Does a Honda Control Arm Replacement Cost?
You can buy an OE direct replacement control arm for as low as $20, but prices can go as high as $500 for performance control arm replacements.
How to Install a Honda Control Arm in 6 Steps
Your vehicle's control arm is an essential part of your vehicle's front suspension. The control arm connects the steering knuckle assembly and the wheel hub to the vehicle's frame. Although this part is not a common repair, there will still be some circumstances that will require you to replace your control arm. One of the few reasons why you need to replace your Honda's control arm is when the ball joint gets worn-out and causes sloppy steering. It is impossible to replace the ball joint without replacing the control arm. Another reason is a vehicle accident causing the front wheel to become damaged. This will result in a bent control arm and will definitely need a replacement. A worn-out bushing is another reason why you need to change the control arm. You will experience extreme noise if the bushing is totally damaged. The entire installation process may only take you about an hour to finish.
Required skill level: Intermediate
Needed tools and materials
- Safety glasses
- Latex gloves
- Breaker bar or Tire iron
- Ball joint separator
- Torque wrench
Preparing for the installation
Make sure to park your vehicle in a shaded area with a level surface, and then don't forget to set the parking brake. Use your breaker bar or tire iron to loosen your front wheel lug nuts without removing them. Jack up the front of your vehicle using a heavy-duty jack and jack stands.
Removing the front wheels
Now that your vehicle is lifted already, you may now safely remove the lug nuts. Remove the front wheels carefully and place them in a safe area.
Supporting the lower control arm
You need to support the lower control arm of your vehicle with a floor jack if your vehicle has a spring coil with short or long arm suspension. Before removing the lower control arm, you must check and contain the coil spring first. You also need to remove the tension on the bar if your vehicle has a torsion bar suspension.
Getting into the control arm assembly
Take away the cotter pin from the ball joint nut (if equipped). You need to gently loosen the nut, but you don't need to remove it. Remember to remove the bolt if the ball joint has a pinch bolt. Use your ball joint separator to detach the ball joint from the knuckle. Take away the nut and safeguard the knuckle.
Removing the control arm assembly
All components that are still attached to lower control arm must be unfastened. Take away the control arm mounting bolts and remove the control arm assembly.
Installing the new control arm
You can now install the new control arm, and secure the mounting bolts. Remember not to torque the bolts until your vehicle is at its normal riding height. After that, you need to install the steering knuckle back into the control arm or ball joint assembly. Use your torque wrench and carefully torque the castle nut. Install the new cotter pin, and put back all the components to the control arm of your vehicle. You can now reinstall the front wheels and tighten the lug nuts. Carefully lower your vehicle, and torque the lug nuts and control arm mounting bolts, following your manufacturer's specifications.