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Jeep Wrangler Front Lower Control Arm Replacement

The front lower control arm is a crucial part of your car’s suspension and the cost of replacement is dependent on the type of car that you own.

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Jeep Wrangler Front Lower Control Arm Replacement

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2008 Jeep Wrangler
3.8L V6 Unlimited X • 166,000 miles
Los Angeles CA 90021
Apr 15, 2021
$214 - $262
2015 Jeep Wrangler
3.6L V6 • 90,400 miles
Upland CA 91786
Apr 5, 2021
$175 - $213
2000 Jeep Wrangler
4.0L L6 • 146,000 miles
San Jose CA 95123
Mar 15, 2021
$221 - $270
2019 Jeep Wrangler
2.0L L4 Turbo Hybrid Rubicon • 50,000 miles
Encino CA 91316
Jan 5, 2021
$149 - $182
2009 Jeep Wrangler
3.8L V6 • 114,000 miles
Redondo Beach CA 90277
Dec 23, 2020
$410 - $501
2010 Jeep Wrangler
3.8L V6 Unlimited Rubicon • 141,000 miles
Anderson CA 96007
Nov 16, 2020
$445 - $543
2021 Jeep Wrangler
3.6L V6 Unlimited Sport • 10,000 miles
Las Vegas NV 89120
Oct 27, 2020
$424 - $518
2018 Jeep Wrangler
3.6L V6 Unlimited Sport • 25,000 miles
West Sacramento CA 95691
Oct 26, 2020
$410 - $502
2010 Jeep Wrangler
3.8L V6 Sahara • 44,000 miles
Skyforest CA 92385
Oct 8, 2020
$388 - $474
2020 Jeep Wrangler
2.0L L4 Turbo Sport • 11,000 miles
Wilmington CA 90744
Sep 22, 2020
$394 - $482
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Sep 7, 2021 1:00 PM
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What is a front lower control arm?

The front lower control arm is a crucial part of your car’s suspension. And since your suspension is a critical system in your car, that makes the front lower control arm a very important part of your car. The purpose of the control arms (which your car has quite a few of) is to connect the steering system to the frame of the car. By doing this, the control arms limit and absorb the amount of force that the car has to deal with. The result is that you get to experience a smooth, comfortable, and peaceful drive, while your car isn’t subject to too much damage from the road. So, let’s dig into control arms a little bit. I’ll try and make it easy to understand, just so you can hopefully keep up. Most cars have control arms placed at each corner. 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. If not, then I’m not sure why you’re reading an article on front lower control arms, but I’m not here to judge. And hopefully I don’t need to tell you where the lower control arms are placed, relative to the upper ones. 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. Which, trust me, helps. Since they’re so strong, control arms are extremely durable. Unless your car has been involved in an accident, it’s very unlikely that the control arms are broken. Control arms do have bushings and ball joints attached to them, however, and those may need to be replaced from time to time. With all of 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.

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Symptoms of a failing Front Lower Control Arm

Steering wheel is vibrating

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.

Weird noises

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.

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. 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.

Uneven wear on your tires

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.

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How urgent is a Front Lower Control Arm replacement?

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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