The Jeep control arm is a durable and important component that assists in vehicle stability and handling. Playing an important role in the suspension system of your vehicle, the Jeep control arm helps to keep your vehicle safe and controlled as you travel. The Jeep control arm contributes to agile and accurate steering as well, helping to keep the front end tight and well aligned. Working in cooperation with other suspension components, the Jeep control arm helps to insulate the body of the vehicle from the bumps and vibration of the road, absorbing much of the impact before it is carried through to the body to cause stress and damage, and make the ride uncomfortable ride for the passengers. At each vehicle wheel there is and upper and lower jeep control arm, each equipped with rubber bushings at each pivot point. These bushings are valuable assistants to the functions of the Jeep control arm, helping it to isolate the vehicle from vibration, as well as protecting the Jeep control arm from friction damage as it moves against other suspension components. The Jeep control arm is given a great deal of rough treatment as you drive, the moisture and road salt taking a toll, as well as the impact of bumps and potholes. The rubber bushings can become damaged by the elements, making the brittle and cracked, or they can simply wear away over time, leaving the Jeep control arm vulnerable to damage. We carry a selection of quality replacements for your Jeep control arm, all at very affordable prices. Our site is user-friendly and very secure to make ordering your Jeep control arm quick and convenient or our toll-free phone line is just as efficient, staffed with courteous customer service assistants who will be happy to help you with your order.
FAQs—Jeep Control Arm
1. The ball joint attached to my vehicle's control arm is showing signs of wear and tear. Can I replace only the ball joint?
No. The ball joint is built into the control arm and is not removable. You will have to replace the entire Jeep control arm if the ball joint gets damaged. Having a damaged ball joint also makes the entire control arm a hazard because the damaged ball joint in a control arm will cause the front wheel to separate from the lower suspension. This will cause the vehicle to lose control and injure the passengers inside the vehicle.
2. Can I replace the control arm's damaged bushings?
Replacing the bushings of a control arm is possible but not advisable. The control arm's bushings absorb the smallest of vibrations when driving on an uneven road, preventing the tires from getting damaged. If the bushings get damaged, it is advisable to replace the entire control arm assembly. Replacing the Jeep control arm is relatively cheaper than replacing only the bushings.
3. How much will it cost me to replace my vehicle's control arm?
Having your car's control arm replaced can cost you $160 to $400 per arm. Once the control arms are replaced, the wheels have to be realigned to match the specification of the new control arm, which will cost you an additional $60 to $120 per day. Fortunately, control arms are considered low-maintenance parts. You don't have to get them replaced on a monthly basis. Invest on tough and high-quality control arms to avoid additional expenses in the future.
4. My driving experience is perfectly fine. Do I still need to have my vehicle's control arm checked?
The symptoms of a faulty control arm are hard to pinpoint. You can't take your vehicle to a drive-through fast-lube place because they won't go in-depth in inspecting it. The only way to properly inspect each control arm on your vehicle is when it is lifted. There are also symptoms like popping or clunking noises when driving over bumps and an unstable feeling when on the road, but these symptoms aren't always present. Have your vehicle checked by a well-trained mechanic from an established repair service shop at least once a year.
5. My Jeep bumped into a post last Sunday. It wasn't a bad crash; everyone inside the car was safe. When I checked it this morning, I saw that one control arm at the front was bent a little. Is this a problem?
Definitely. The control arm is one of the most common parts that get damaged whenever there's a collision. The front control arms usually absorb the most impact in car accidents. Control arms are manufactured to withstand the toughest of impacts, but if one control arm gets bent even by the slightest impact, you have to replace the entire control arm assembly. You might want to check the other control arms to see if they got bent or if the ball joint and the bushings were damaged.