So, your car has a problem.

control arm ball joint.


What does this mean?

We’re reasonably sure you have a failed ball joint on your control arm. The control arm (sometimes called an A-arm) connects the wheel to the frame, allowing the wheel to move up and down as the suspension travels. On most cars, there is an upper and lower control arm at each wheel. When the ball joint is worn, the wheel is allowed to move in ways it is not supposed to. It’s hard to know if the upper or lower control arm is the problem until a mechanic arrives. We’ve listed quotes for both. You only need to repair one. Here is what will happen once booked: 1. The mechanic will inspect the vehicle and verify the issue. If the diagnosis correct, the mechanic will complete the needed repair. 2. If incorrect, The Car Savior will review the diagnosis with the mechanic and present you with a diagnosis and cost to repair the vehicle. 3. You can decide whether or not to move forward with further repairs. If you choose not to move forward, you’ll only be charged for the onsite diagnosis and inspection fee.

How urgent?


On a scale of 1 to 10, we rate this to have an urgency of 6. Some repairs have very low urgency, and we give those a 1. With these repairs, you can wait for as long as you would like, because it will not ever result in harm to you or your vehicle. These are usually cosmetic damages.

We consider a 5 to be something that will eventually need to be done, but you can likely get away with holding off for a while if other things are more pressing. However, if a repair is close to a 10 (or at a 10), this means you should NOT be driving the vehicle, and should get this repaired as soon as possible.

What happens if I wait?


It isn’t generally super urgent until the steering becomes difficult. It’s one of those issues that you should fix if you have the cash. However, don’t wait too long (more than year after it starts marking noise).

How complicated is this repair?

This is how we score our difficulty.

  1. This job has no tools required, and can be completed by just about anyone.
  2. This requires a relatively handy person, but little experience working on cars exclusively.
  3. This warrants an average person who’s done a fair amount of car repair. Think the weekend mechanic who’s done a brake job or two!
  4. At this difficulty, the average mechanic could do the job, but you wouldn't want to do it yourself without a fair amount of experience.
  5. This job is very specialized, requiring very expensive tools only a specialty shop has and a high level of expertise.
We rank this repair to be a
4

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