A radius arm bracket is located in the wheel and axle area where it is closely connected to the shock absorbers and springs. Its main role is to support wheel control and alignment. The radius arm bracket insures that the wheel will turn whenever the steering is maneuvered-it translates the driver's steering decisions to actual wheel movement.
Why replace broken radius arm brackets?
Imagine your car without functional radius arm brackets-aside from the clunking noise you hear, your wheels will not turn left or right no matter how hard you steer it. Another problem would be that broken radius arm brackets will not be able to support the alignment of the wheels which can lead to your wheels rolling off on their own accord.
Even if your wheels don't roll off with a broken radius arm bracket, there's still a slim chance that wheel control will go awry in any moment. Don't risk getting into an accident before replacing your radius arm brackets. Get them checked and find the right replacement for your car.
What to expect from radius arm bracket replacements?
Most cars have custom radius arm brackets available from respective car dealers. Custom-made radius arm brackets have the advantage when it comes to fitting as the bolts and mounts are specially designed to fit your vehicle's wheel and axle. Independent autoparts dealers can also provide you with the same fitting quality as factory-made radius arm brackets, but the main factor that can affect how long the bracket alignment can last is how well you assembled it during the replacement procedure. Expert DIYers will most likely excel in installing direct fit brackets, but if you're still a beginner, seeking professional help will definitely help you.
Another thing you should look into if you're planning to buy a radius arm bracket replacement is its material. Make sure to look for stainless steel radius arm brackets to avoid rusting as much as possible. Rusting can cause as much trouble as improperly installed brackets. Sturdy materials such as aluminum alloy and stainless steel are good choices for radius arm bracket replacements.