Control Arms: Maintaining the Correct Motion
The Control Arms are present to help you maintain control of your vehicle at all times. We often
focus on other things such as how much horsepower is being put out by the engine. But at the end of the day, the
Suspension System uses the control
arms to keep the upward and downward motion of the vehicle in check. AutoPartsNerd
has been in the business for over 40 years and brings you high quality control arms from Moog, Dorman OE Solutions, and Febi.
Do you enjoy having control over your vehicle at all times? It might seem like an odd question and the
answer should be a unanimous yes. But when we are talking about the Control Arms, whether
they are working correctly or not can change "enjoy having" to "have" in the above question. We pose it
for that reason but if you hear a clunking noise every time you cross that pothole the city refuses to repair,
or feel extra movement or a wobble in your steering, these are all potential signs that your control arms need
more inspection. If after doing that you determine they need to be replaced,
AutoPartsNerd carries them from the best brands.
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control arms include ball joints and bushings that are OE (original equipment) quality or better.
Moog control arms also include all the installation hardware needed to complete the repair.
manufacturers control arms that are designed and engineered for quality and performance.
Dorman OE Solutions
specializes in providing you with those hard to find dealer only parts. Dorman OE Solutions
aims to improve on original equipment designs by ensuring that the parts they design and
manufacture fix the reasons why the OE parts failed in the first place. Dorman control arms
also come with any necessary hardware needed for a successful installation.
manufacturers high quality control arms for those of you driving vehicles manufactured in
Europe or Germany. Febi has been an OE (original equipment) and aftermarket producer of
control arms and other chassis related parts for a very long time. They know what works, what doesn't,
and how to deliver an exceptional product every step of the way.
Control Arm Function & Failure
Basically, the Control Arm is what holds the wheel to the car.
But allows it also allows the vehicle to move up and down while keeping it straight-up.
The control arm is attached to the frame of the vehicle and the steering rack. It will
typically have 3 contact points, making an "A" shape and using a
Ball Joint to connect to the steering system. While some control arms
allow you to change the ball joints separately, almost every control arm sold
by AutoPartsNerd will
have the ball joint already attached. So the control arm is included more
likely than not as one of the parts. Some European vehicles are best known for
using uncommon control arm setups. For example, some Audi's can often have four
control arms per wheel! So that's something to keep in mind if you drive one of
There are generally two reasons why you would need to replace your vehicle's control arms.
The first being if there is physical damage to the control arm itself. But it's important
to note that control arms are constructed with iron, and even aluminum in some cases
if you purchase performance control arms. In either case, while it's not impossible,
they are usually very difficult to damage. The more common and second reason is the
ball joint or control arm bushing becoming worn out and failing. Both of these parts
can not always be removed and replaced. So even if you determine that one of these two
parts is the problem, you might still have to purchase and replace the control arm.
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