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BMW M5 Front Upper Control Arm Replacement Costs
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What is a Front Upper Control Arm?
The front upper control arm is a vital part of your car’s suspension, which makes it a very important part of your car. Your car has numerous control arms, which serve to connect the suspension system to the frame of the car. By doing this, the control arms are able to limit and absorb the amount of force that the car has to deal with. This keeps your ride a lot smoother, while also protecting other parts of your car from unnecessary stress.
Okay, let’s try to explain how the control arms work.
Most cars have control arms placed at each corner of the car. Front control arms usually connect to the frame at one end and the steering knuckle at the other. When the vehicle travels over a bump, the control arm pivots on bushings, allowing your car’s wheels to move up and down.
Not all cars have upper and lower control arms, but yours presumably does. Because, you know, you’re reading an article on upper control arms, I’m guessing it’s not just for kicks.
Control arms are very strong, and made of steel or aluminum. Thanks to their strength and structure, they can limit the movement of the steering knuckles, to reduce how much movement is transmitted to your car.
Control arms are very durable. They have bushings and ball joints attached to them, which will need to be replaced every now and again, but the front upper control arms are unlikely to ever break, unless you’ve been in a car crash.
That said, on some cars, the control arms will need to be replaced when the bushings or ball joints are replaced, even if the control arm is in fine shape.
Symptoms of a failing Front Upper Control Arm
Vibrating steering wheel
All right, here’s some important news: Vibrating steering wheels aren’t a good thing. So, if your steering wheel vibrates, don’t just stare at it in wonder. Don’t wonder how you got a free hand massage. Instead, realize that something’s wrong with your car, and address it.
If your car’s front upper control arm is busted, then the vibrations of the steering system will start to make their way back into your car, through the steering wheel. And next thing you know, your steering wheel will be bouncing.
You might not mind it at first, but trust me: It will get worse.
You probably know this by now, but weird noises coming from your car can’t be good.
Lots of different things in your car can make lots of different weird noises. If your front upper control arm is having a bad day, then it will likely make a knocking noise. That noise is annoying, which is a very good thing, because let’s be honest: You wouldn’t give it the time of day otherwise.
That annoying knocking noise will just get worse as the front upper control arm wears down more and more. So, don’t just hope for the best. Instead, get it taken care of.
Car is pulling
Pulling is when you’re driving along, presumably in a straight line, but the car keeps pulling to the left or to the right. You straighten out the wheel, and the car just drifts back again. No, you’re not going crazy.
Your car can pull to the left or the right for a few reasons. Most common among them is uneven wear and tear on your tires. However, a busted front upper control arm can cause your car to pull to one side or the other.
Uneven wear on your tires
Pulling is often caused by uneven wear on your tires, and vice versa. A malfunctioning front upper control arm can cause your wheels to be improperly aligned, which will make your tires wear unevenly.
It’s a good idea to visually inspect your tires with some regularity, so you can spot issues before they get too severe.
How urgent is a Front Upper Control Arm replacement?
If your front upper control arm replacement is damaged because of an accident, then you need to get it replaced immediately. Quicker than immediately. Don’t do any driving until then.
But if it’s just starting to give out on you, then you can drive it short distances safely. But don’t test your luck. Just do the smart thing already and get it replaced.