Lateral Arms

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What is a lateral arm?

A lateral arm is a suspension component that connects the wheel and axle assembly to the vehicle frame, allowing for vertical movement of the wheel.

What is the purpose of a lateral arm?

The purpose of a lateral arm is to provide support and stability to the suspension system, allowing for smooth and comfortable steering and ride.

How can you tell if your lateral arm is faulty?

Signs of a faulty lateral arm include the vehicle pulling to the side when braking, a clunking sound when going over bumps, and uneven tire wear.

Can a faulty lateral arm cause damage?

Yes, a faulty lateral arm can cause damage to the suspension system and other components, as well as reduce vehicle handling and performance.

How do you replace a lateral arm?

Replacing a lateral arm is a complex job that requires a certain level of mechanical knowledge. To replace a lateral arm, you should:

  1. Raise the vehicle and support it securely with jack stands.
  2. Remove the wheel and tire assembly.
  3. Disconnect the shock absorber and the ball joint.
  4. Remove the lateral arm bolts and the lateral arm.
  5. Install the new lateral arm and bolts.
  6. Reconnect the shock absorber and ball joint.
  7. Reinstall the wheel and tire assembly.
  8. Lower the vehicle.