Changing out your lower control arms is a more involved task than simply swapping out your hubcaps, but it is a necessary maintenance item for your car. The lower control arm is a suspension component that connects the steering knuckle to the frame of the vehicle, and it can wear out over time. Here is a step-by-step guide on how to change out your lower control arms:
- Gather the necessary tools and materials: You will need a socket set, a torque wrench, a jack and jack stands, and the new lower control arms.
- Raise and secure the car: Use the jack and jack stands to raise the car and secure it in place. Make sure the car is stable and level before working on it.
- Remove the wheel: Remove the wheel on the side of the car where the lower control arm is being replaced.
- Remove the brake caliper: The brake caliper is the component that clamps the brake rotor, it is held on by two bolts and it needs to be removed in order to access the lower control arm.
- Remove the old lower control arm: The lower control arm is connected to the steering knuckle and the frame of the vehicle by bolts. Use the socket set to remove the bolts and detach the old lower control arm from the car.
- Install the new lower control arm: Take the new lower control arm and attach it to the steering knuckle and frame of the vehicle using the bolts that were removed earlier. Make sure to torque the bolts to the proper specifications as per the vehicle’s manual.
- Reinstall the brake caliper: Reinstall the brake caliper and the wheel that was removed earlier.
- Repeat steps 3-7 for the other side of the car: Repeat the process for the other lower control arm on the opposite side of the car.
- Lower the car: Lower the car back to the ground and check for any leaks or other issues.