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Honda Odyssey Control Arms and Parts

One of the sets of parts that makes the Honda Odyssey a reliable minivan is its control arms, which are on the vehicle’s underbody. These perform important functions for keeping the Odyssey's ride stable and smooth and maintaining proper steering. Honda Odyssey parts for the arms may need to be repaired or replaced after several years or approximately 100,000 miles.

What parts are in Honda Odyssey control arms?

Control arms are made using three distinct parts. These parts almost always are sold as kits, but you may be able to find some of the parts individually. The three parts are:

  • Bushings: Each arm must be completely secure. The bushings maintain reliable connection points for the Honda's arms. Usually, arm designs will feature three bushings - two at the body end and one at the ball joint.
  • Ball joint: The ball joint is sometimes referred to as the ball-and-socket joint. In the Honda Odyssey, this ball joint is held together by rubber or plastic casing to restrict movement and keep the ball from popping out of place. This part allows the Odyssey's suspension to move vertically.
  • Metal arm: The bulk of the arm kit is the metal piece. This is strong and durable, keeping the connection between the body and suspension as reliable as possible.
What are the number of arms in your Honda Odyssey?

Different Honda models may have different numbers and locations of arms, depending on the year, model, and trim associated with the vehicle. In order to find your arms, you'll need to detach the wheels from the Odyssey. From there, you will be able to see whether there are one or two arms per system. For most Hondas, you will find either one arm per disk or one arm per set.

What do control arms do in the Honda Odyssey?

Arms in all vehicles - including the Honda Odyssey - have three major functions. Here are the functions of the three arm parts for the Honda.

  • Arms allow the entire system to move vertically. This gives the cushioning setup and body room to work, smoothing out the ride if the Honda drives over potholes or bumps.
  • The arms keep the Honda's wheels in line via their strong metal arm. Without that arm, the alignment of the body and underbody system would quickly deteriorate upon hitting angled segments of road.
  • The Odyssey's underbody and suspension are given a point of contact through the arms. These allow the cushioning system to take most of the bumpiness away from the car's interior.