Control arms, also called "A arms," are vital parts of a front suspension. Some vehicles have four, two lower and two upper. They connect a frame or body to a wheel assembly or steering knuckle. The outer end of an arm attaches via a ball joint. The joint is sometimes permanently attached, but it can also be pressed or bolted in. This lets you replace it separately if you need to. Rubber bushings, on the other hand, enable an "A arm" to swing vertically when a vehicle's front wheels and tires go over road hazards like bumps and potholes. What do your factory Honda control arms do for your vehicle, exactly? In short, they make sure your front wheels contact the road the way they're supposed to. Sooner or later, though, even the best OEM control arms, like Honda makes, can wear out. They can either bend or get damaged, and that makes a vehicle unsafe to drive. Thankfully, the symptoms of a control arm going bad are easy to recognize. They include loss of control, pops or clunks during driving, and brake drift (especially across rough terrain). These signs suggest degraded ball joints or torn control arm bushings specifically, and both can lead to complete front wheel and suspension separation. Seeing any of them? Lift your Honda on a hoist and run an inspection. Do this either way at least once a year. If it's time for replacement, buy genuine Honda control arms and parts. Unlike aftermarket parts, they're guaranteed compatible with what you drive. You can order online, from our auto parts store. Get the job done right -- buy now!
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