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Dodge Ram 1500 Control Arms and Parts

No one enjoys a bumpy ride. Luckily, with a properly functioning suspension system, your Dodge Ram 1500 truck will provide a smooth and comfortable ride. Some of the key components of this system are the Dodge Ram 1500 control arms and parts.

What is the purpose of Dodge Ram 1500 control arms?

While these parts may not be the component of a suspension system that first comes to mind, control arms are vital in allowing your tires to go up and down without causing a jolting ride for you and your passengers. These components essentially absorb the road as you drive. They compress the force of bumps in the road, absorbing them so as to allow the passenger compartment to ride smoothly. They connect to the frame of your Ram 1500 through components known as bushings and connect to the suspension through the ball joints. Your Dodge can have either two or four arms depending on the presence of shocks or struts. While it is possible that some vehicles come with lower and upper control arms, most updated models only have the lower versions. A suspension system with both types is known as a double wishbone.

What are the signs of failing control arms?
  • Noise: The most obvious symptom you'll notice is a much louder driving experience. You will notice clunking noises as you drive specifically when going over bumps or potholes. Driving in corners at low speeds might also be particularly noisy.
  • Wheel movement: As these components fail, you will likely notice jerking movement from your steering wheel.
  • Steering wobble: When this component degrades, your Ram 1500 will also tend to react as if its alignment is off. At higher speeds, your Dodge will cause your wheel to wobble back and forth, causing the vehicle to veer left or right.
How do you replace the control arm on your truck?
  1. Begin by releasing the ball joint and removing the sway bar link. The ball joint can be released with a large wrench and a hammer. A sway bar link will also need to be removed with a wrench or socket before the component can be replaced.
  2. Remove the control mounting bolts. Each component will have two separate mounting bolts that will need to be loosened and removed. Once these bolts are removed, the arm may be loose enough to come free.
  3. Remove the lower component. It may be necessary to wiggle the component to loosen it, but it should be easy to remove without the need for any additional tools.
  4. Replace the bushings. You will need a press to remove the old bushings and install replacement ones. It is also important that they are installed in the correct orientation to avoid damage.
  5. Fifth, install the replacement arm. Wedge the bushing into the frame mounts with slow, firm pressure. As you install the component, align the bolt holes and reinstall the bolts. Only tighten the bolts once they are all in place and secure.