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Cant get a front wheel arligment

I went to get an arligment on my car today, could not doin. Tech. said that my upper lower arm on the front passager side is broke. Dont no what that is but its stoppin me from gettin arligment on my front wheels.

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Do you mean upper control arm?

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The front suspension allows each wheel to compensate for changes in the road surface without affecting the opposite wheel. Each wheel independently connects to the frame with a steering knuckle, ball joint assemblies, and upper and lower control arms.
The control arms specifically allow the steering knuckles to move in a three-dimensional arc. Two tie rods connect to steering arms on the knuckles and an intermediate rod. These operate the front wheels.
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Upper Control Arm Removal & Installation
  1. Before servicing the vehicle, refer to the precautions in the beginning of this section.
  2. Remove or disconnect the following:
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  6. Separate the ball joint from the front wheel spindle
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  2. Safely raise and support the vehicle.
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  3. Install tire and wheel assembly.
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  2. Remove the front wheels. Support the lower control arm assembly with a floor jack.
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  3. Install the new bushing by slowly using the press to push it into the control arm.
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  5. Once the bushing is properly seated in the control arm, remove the arm from the press and install it on the vehicle.

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