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I have an issue with my 04. Chevy Cavalier ! We were driving and all of a sudden it pulled to the left! Took the car back home to check things out.... Looks as though the control arm is broke. It seems it rotted out of the bracket it was connected to. I should say the bracket rotted... I have called everywhere to order the part but no one seems to know what part I am talking about. Every place has told me the same thing. It connects to the sway bar. This is like a bracket not like any sway bar I have seen! Can someone PLEASE help me. Thanks

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  • Cars & Trucks Master
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A sway bar issue wouldn't make it suddenly pull anyway.
It sounds like what you're seeing is a failed ball joint. THAT will cause the problem you're having, AND it fits the description of what you're looking at.
Thanks for using Fixya.

Posted on Jul 29, 2013

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  • Tasha Jul 29, 2013

    It's not the ballpoint you can actually see the broken control arm.. There seems to be a bracket that it sits in bolted to the car... That is the piece that rotted away causing the the lower control are to let go. I need the name of this part so I can fix it.

  • Tasha Jul 29, 2013

    It's not the balljoint you can actually see the broken control arm.. There seems to be a bracket that it sits in bolted to the car... That is the piece that rotted away causing the the lower control are to let go. I need the name of this part so I can fix it.

  • Mike LaPres
    Mike LaPres Jul 29, 2013

    The control arm attaches by the BALL JOINT. See this page.

  • Mike LaPres
    Mike LaPres Jul 29, 2013

    https://www.rockauto.com/catalog/x,carco...

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