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What all do i need to replace seeing how i bent my control arm and my tie rod i dont the names of the other parts.... but i need help

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You'll need to replace your drive axle, your control arm, the knuckle, ball joints, brake rotors, brake calipers if necessary, change out the brake pads while you're down there too. If you're not too keen on what you want to purchase and can't really do it yourself, take it to a certified mechanic.

If you want more help, i.e. purchasing parts online and taking it to your local mechanic shop; send me a message to brooklynbabyboi@yahoo.com -- for a small fee I'll help you find your parts.

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