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Lower Control Arm

I was involved in a minor accident and I cracked the lower control arm on the front driver side. I was wondering how hard this would be to fix on my own.

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Don't bother.If the lower control arm is cracked, it is a fair bet that the strut is bent. Even if the strut is not bent, you should have the alignment checked. The force of impact on this area to crack the arm can def be connected to other areas of extreme concern.

Posted on Sep 08, 2008

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