Question about Chevrolet Cavalier
I have a 1997 cavalier z24 and I ran into a sidewalk curve that was under water at about 15 mph. When I got a wheel alignment I was told the frame was bent. It doesn't hold the alignment for very long. Could it be the lower control arm or the ball joint what's damaged? All the gaps look to be straight (door to fender, hood to fender). Or could the K member be what's damaged?
The front k frame can be replaced if that is where the problem is i would go to a place that has a 4 wheel alignment machine and a good alignment tech and he should be able to show you the problem as if the car is in correct alignment it should stay that way for several hundred miles if done correctly it will not go out of spec just normal driving
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Posted on Jan 02, 2017
The dealer's answer (if you are interested).......
The ball joint is pressed into the upper control arm and has a tapered stud for attachment to the steering knuckle. The ball joint stud is attached and locked into the steering knuckle using a special nut. The ball joint is a sealed-for-life type and requires no maintenance. If the ball joint is defective it will require replacement of the entire upper control arm.
Posted on Jun 20, 2008
If you torn the ball joint out, you very well could have more damage.
If you plan on doing the work yourself, I would put the car up on stands, and take the front wheel off, and do a through examination of the whole assembly.
Once you have a complete assesement of all of the damage you can go to your local parts house and get the parts.
If you have to replace the lower arm, you will need probably need some specialized tools (like a spring compressor).
After you're done changing parts, you will need to get a front end alignment.
Posted on Jul 27, 2008
You can replace them seperately,but they need pressed out and in. Other methods of removing and installing likely will damage control arm.
Posted on Apr 23, 2009
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