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Old 03 Apr 2012, 08:32 am
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Just replaced my control arm on my 05 cruiser. While putting it back together i noticed the ball joint bolt that goes into the wheel housing did not have to go back in as far as the stock one, is this normal? Should I replace the other side too? What about the alignment? The car is not pulling or anything. Someone told me as long as I didnt take the strut off that I was ok. Thoughts? I do like doing things right.
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Old 03 Apr 2012, 12:13 pm
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Default Re: control arm help

That's weird-

Ball joint is pretty important! pic?

Of course the manual calls for an alignment, my theory has been (besides not spending money, in general) if the component is simply replaced, then nothing has changed as you're restoring alignment.

If the part is a different length, then you've got a problem!

feel for feathering on tire and get toe adjusted right away if found
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Old 03 Apr 2012, 01:30 pm
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Default Re: control arm help

Normally with a component like a control arm I would always replace both sides at the same time then both are even. Perhaps others have different opinions but I always thought it was false economy and could cause problems later on if you only replace one at a time. Uneven tyre wear and mis alignment could be the result.

Of course I'm basing this on the idea that you have replaced it because of wear and tear and not because of damage.

I had to get mine re aligned after installation because it was so bad in the first place! As uptown says though you could replace a control arm like for like and not affect the alignment at all but for all it costs to check it I think it's worth it to be honest.
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Old 03 Apr 2012, 06:02 pm
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That all makes sense- If one is bad logic would have it that the next isn't far behind-
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