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So, here’s something you hopefully already knew. Your steering wheel isn’t supposed to vibrate. If your steering wheel is vibrating, there’s something going on that shouldn’t be going on. If your car’s front lower control arm is busted, then the vibrations of the steering system will start to make their way back into your car. And they’ll come through the steering wheel. Next thing you know, your steering wheel will be jiggling around like a skateboard on a gravel road. It’s annoying. And it kind of tickles. And it will only get worse.
It doesn’t take a rocket scientist to figure out that your car shouldn’t be making foreign noises. And that those noises are a warning sign that something is wrong. Lots of different things in your car can make lots of different weird noises. If your front lower control arm is having a bad day, then it will likely make a knocking noise. Listen to that knocking noise, which you’ll kind of be forced to do, because it’s really annoying. And no, it won’t go away, so don’t try your preferred method of dealing with problems by ignoring them.
Pulling is when you’re driving along, presumably in a straight line, but the car keeps pulling to the left or to the right. No matter how much you straighten out the wheel, the car keeps drifting to one side or another. It’s a pretty bizarre sensation. Your car can pull to the left or the right for a few reasons. One of those reasons is that the front lower control arms are busted, creating uneven support and screwing up the car’s alignment.
Like I just said, a dying front lower control arm can cause your wheels to be improperly aligned. In addition to creating pulling, that will lead to your car having uneven wear on the tires. Always keep an eye out for irregularities with your tires. Spotting things like uneven wear can save you a lot of money, and keep your car as safe as possible.
If your front lower control arm replacement is damaged because of an accident, then you need to get it replaced immediately. Like, yesterday.
But if it’s just starting to give out on you, then you can drive it short distances safely. But don’t push it. Get it dealt with.
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