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#4589641 - 11/30/17 08:30 AM Do I have a bad control arm bushing?
Klutch9 Offline

Registered: 01/07/09
Posts: 2441
Loc: Rochester, MI, US, World
My van has had an issue that I can't figure out. First of all, it has an intermittent vibration at highway speeds. The tires have been rotated and balanced multiple times. The vibration comes on around 75 mph; sometimes though, it doesn't appear for a few weeks, then comes back. Second, I have been getting a pulling feel in the steering wheel when I make small adjustments at speed. Third, when taking off, and sometimes when the car is coasting down, I feel a big clunk. If I'm turning right into a parking lot, and there is a curb or a little incline, the whole driver's side front end feels and sounds like it's going to fall apart. Sway bar links and axles are all verified in good condition so it's not those. Van does have the original control arms though.
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#4589650 - 11/30/17 08:38 AM Re: Do I have a bad control arm bushing? [Re: Klutch9]
Crispysea Offline

Registered: 04/14/17
Posts: 343
Sounds like the ball joint. Shocks could be bad, too. I just replaced both on my truck. There was a recall on Sedona control arms, but I don’t know if yours qualifies. My wife had an ‘06 and got new ones free.

Edited by Crispysea (11/30/17 08:41 AM)

#4589662 - 11/30/17 08:56 AM Re: Do I have a bad control arm bushing? [Re: Crispysea]
khittner Offline

Registered: 07/13/12
Posts: 229
Loc: Michigan
Get your van to a reputable front-end shop pronto, and have them give the suspension a good shakedown for worn bits. You don't want to find out "oh, yeah, that must've been a ball joint" at 80mph on I-696.

#4589669 - 11/30/17 09:06 AM Re: Do I have a bad control arm bushing? [Re: Klutch9]
WobblyElvis Offline

Registered: 09/23/14
Posts: 1233
Loc: Toronto Canada
There are some youtube videos on testing control arm bushings. I have found by looking at the bushing while someone turns the wheel back and forth a bit it's easy to find the problem.

#4589890 - 11/30/17 01:29 PM Re: Do I have a bad control arm bushing? [Re: Klutch9]
Merkava_4 Offline

Registered: 01/30/07
Posts: 17501
Loc: Clovis, CA
You just need to find a frame and wheel shop to look it over and I don't mean a tire shop.

#4590481 - 11/30/17 11:12 PM Re: Do I have a bad control arm bushing? [Re: Klutch9]
HoosierJeeper Offline

Registered: 11/23/16
Posts: 1205
Loc: WI
Sounds like a ball joint or tie rod to me. My Liberty used to have a hard clunk after backing out of a parking spot, turned out to be a bad upper ball joint. My LR3 when it had bad tie rods had a slight steering wheel shimmy. Easy to check out.

For control arms, what happens when you slam on the brakes from 5-10 MPH to a stop? Any clunks? My LR3 used to do that before getting new control arms.
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