Control Arm and Ball Joint
An automotive control arm is a suspension component that connects the wheel hub and steering knuckle to the vehicle's frame. The control arm is typically made of sturdy metal and is shaped like a wishbone, with a pivot point at the frame and ball joint at the wheel hub. The ball joint connects the control arm to the steering knuckle and allows the wheel to move up and down while steering, while also providing a degree of lateral movement. Together, the control arm and ball joint assembly help to support the weight of the vehicle, absorb road shock, and maintain proper wheel alignment. They work by allowing the wheels to move up and down over bumps and uneven surfaces while keeping the tires in contact with the road. The ball joint also enables the steering knuckle to pivot left and right, allowing the vehicle to turn and change direction. Over time, the ball joint can wear out or become damaged, resulting in clunking noises, vibration, uneven tire wear, and poor handling.
When selecting a control arm and ball joint for your vehicle, first confirm the year, make, and model of the vehicle. From the remaining compatible options available, select the one that meets your application needs and budget.
JEGS offers a large control arm and ball joint selection to choose from, available from top suspension brands including Dorman Products, Delphi, Rare Parts, Moog, ACDelco, and many others. Each ball joint and control arm is made from high-quality components and assembly to provide the suspension performance your vehicle deserves.