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A control arm, also called an A-arm or wishbone, is a crucial component of a vehicle's suspension system, Playing a role in steering and guiding the wheels over road surfaces. It connects the chassis to the wheels, allowing for controlled motion and maintaining stability, handling, and safety. Control arms are part of the suspension system and act as suspension links between the chassis and the wheel-carrying hub. Their design and attachment points contribute to wheel alignment, tire contact, and overall vehicle performance.


The main purpose of control arms is to connect the wheels to the chassis while allowing for controlled motion and articulation. Ultimately, control arms assist in coordinating the suspension and steering systems, dampening the ride and enabling the driver to control the vehicle. They carry out a number of critical duties that improve an automobile's performance all around, including:

  1. Wheel Control:
    Control arms are responsible for facilitating the vertical movement of the wheels, effectively absorbing shocks and vibrations caused by uneven road surfaces. Their primary function is to ensure that the tires maintain constant contact with the road, providing optimal traction, stability, and control.


  1. Suspension Geometry:
    The control arms play a crucial role in determining the suspension geometry, which includes the angles of camber, caster, and toe. Achieving the correct suspension geometry is essential for precise steering, predictable handling, and even tire wear throughout the vehicle's lifespan.


  1. Braking and Acceleration:
    During braking and acceleration, control arms help manage the forces generated by these actions. They minimize the impact of weight transfer and contribute to the vehicle's stability by resisting the torque produced by the engine and the forces applied during braking.


  1. Impact Absorption:
    Control arms absorb the impact caused by irregularities on the road. They act as a barrier between the road imperfections and the passengers inside the vehicle. Their role is to absorb these impacts and provide a smoother and more comfortable ride.



The Control Arm is made up of three main parts: bushing, body, and ball joint. The control arm body connects to the vehicle frame via the bushings and connects to the wheel side of the vehicle suspension with a ball joint.


  1. Arm:
    The main body of the control arm connects the wheel assembly to the chassis and has a triangular shape. It provides structural stability and supports different suspension parts. 

  2. Bushing:
    At the points where the control arms are mounted, bushings provide cushioning and flexibility while at the same time lowering vibration and noise. These bushings, which typically consist of rubber or polyurethane, shield the chassis from irregularities in the road. 

  3. Ball Joint:
    The pivotal part that joins the control arm to the wheel assembly is known as a ball joint. It enables steering and suspension articulation by allowing for controlled movement and rotation of the wheel. Maintaining proper alignment and responsiveness depends on ball joints.

  4. Suspension Linkages:
    Depending on the suspension design, control arms frequently come with additional linkages such as sway bars, tie rods, or lateral links. The performance, handling, and stability of the vehicle are further improved by these linkages.



There are various types of control arms used in automobiles, each designed to suit specific suspension setups and vehicle characteristics. The choice of control arm type depends on a number of variables, including the weight of the vehicle, the intended use, the preferred handling characteristics, and cost considerations. Below, the two main types of control arms and their applications are outlined, which are:

  • Strut Type Suspension or MacPherson Strut Suspension

    Most cars have an independent front suspension called a MacPherson strut. Each wheel's MacPherson strut suspension consists of a single lower control arm and a strut, which serves as the upper control arm and bears the majority of the load. This type of control arm is used in both the front and rear suspensions, although it is more commonly found in the front suspension. Strut type suspensions are prevalent in modern, affordable cars due to their compact design, light weight, and relatively low manufacturing cost.

  • Double Wishbone Suspension

    When two control arms are installed in the suspension system, a type of suspension known as double wishbone suspension is used. Modern vehicles, including sports cars, high-end performance cars, and light trucks, frequently utilize this type of control arm due to its benefits of improved handling and control.



Control arms can fail due to a combination of factors, including wear and tear, improper maintenance, or substandard manufacturing. The most common types of control arm failure include


  1. Ball Joint Wear: Control arms typically feature ball joints at their connection points to the wheel assembly. Continuous use, exposure to harsh conditions, and lack of lubrication can cause these ball joints to wear out over time. When the ball joints fail, it can lead to excessive play or detachment of the control arm, affecting the vehicle's handling and stability.


  1. Bushing Deterioration: Control arms also contain bushings, which offer flexibility and padding during suspension movement. These bushings may degrade over time as a result of heat exposure, contact with road debris, and aging. The control arm loses its ability to effectively absorb shocks and vibrations when the bushings fail, making the ride harsher and less comfortable.


  1. Cracking or Fracture: While the vehicle is in operation, the control arms are put under a lot of stress and force. If the control arm is made of inferior materials or if it has been damaged due to a collision or other impact, it can develop cracks or fractures. Control arms that are cracked or broken compromise the structural integrity of the suspension system and put everyone's safety in danger.

Symptoms of bad control arms

  1. Steering Instability
    One of the most noticeable symptoms of a bad control arm is unstable steering. When a driver runs over a bump in the road, the alignment of the steering wanders, causing the vehicle to veer either to the left or the right. This is a very common symptom of failing bushings. Additionally, the vehicle may exhibit excessive play or feel loose while turning, and the driver may experience difficulty maintaining control over the steering wheel.


  1. Vibration and Noise
    You may hear a popping noise when you drive over road irregularities, which is one of the earliest signs of a failing control arm. When speeding up or reducing the speed of your vehicle, you might also hear a popping sound. Worn-out bushings or ball joints can produce clunking or squeaking noises, particularly when going over bumps. The steering wheel and chassis may also vibrate as a result of failing control arms. These vibrations may become more pronounced during acceleration, braking, or driving over uneven road surfaces. 


  1. Uneven Tire Wear
    Uneven tire wear may also be a sign that a control arm is failing. As control arm bushings wear, this can force the vehicle out of alignment and wear the tire's outer or inner edges. This can reduce tire life, compromise traction, and negatively impact overall vehicle handling.

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