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Old 13 Jul 2010, 01:16 pm
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Default Civic problem Help!!?

I noticed my car feels shaky if i hit a bump on the road, So i went to merlins and have them checked it. They said the control arms are shot, and needs to be replace which is like almost 700... How i know if the control arm is still ok? Maybe i can just replaced the bushings?
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Old 13 Jul 2010, 01:31 pm
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maybe but remember its not just your life it everyone else you drive by as well

a better option is to get a 2nd opinion or possibly buy the parts and ask a friend to help you do the job
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Old 13 Jul 2010, 01:46 pm
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Could be the control arms. It rare control arms go bad but it does happen. On the other hand, $700 to replace them is pricey. It is just a civic. I replaced both control arms on my 97 CRV and it cost less than that. Order the parts your self. You will see its a lot cheaper. Then take the parts to the mechanic to have them installed. That way you know your only paying for labor and not over priced parts. Also, go to a mom and pop shop. Ask them what they would want to install the arms and when they are done you want the bad arms put in the trunk. Then you will be able to see and know you got your money worth. My guy did the job for $100. ....and ASE Certs dont mean jack. If they did Sears Automotive wouldn't suck so bad.
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Old 13 Jul 2010, 08:34 pm
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I wonder if it's the control arm, more likely the ball joint making the noise. Did he say whether upper or lower control arm, or both? driver or passenger side? jack the suspected wheel up off the ground. grab the tire at 11 and 2 o'clock, and shimmy it toward and away from you. there should be no movement, no give. any give/clunking? try 7 and 5 o'clock position, shimmy again. i shimmied at 10 and 2, honed in on where the noise was coming from and it revealed that my upper ball joint was bad. i could see and hear it clunking right in front of my eyes.

so i fixed it myself. it was fairly easy to do, jacked it up, removed the wheel, removed lynchpin and castle nut holding in the ball joint, then removed two bolts holding control arm (under the hood on top sides of wheel well). two bolts and a nut, and it was outta there. while it's unfortunate with my 98 civic that the control arm must be purchased in conjunction with the ball joint as they come linked together already (100 bucks altogether), that also saved me a ton of labor and time (not having to pop out an old ball joint, which is a pain in the butt and you need a ball joint press for it).

i've never done a lower ball joint/control arm tho...i imagine the process is as approachable. with youtube tutorials and forums like this you can DO IT YOURSELF!

john has a good plan too if you don't like gettin greasy...
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