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Do you drive a front-wheel drive car? Then you must invest in a high quality trailing arm. What it does is that it keeps the wheels of the vehicle perpendicular to the axle and chassis. Without this part, you might have problems with your ride's suspension system. Usually, you can find this part at a car's front axle. For front-wheel drives, you can find it installed at the rear. Got a broken trailing arm? Then by all means replace it immediately. If you use a live axle system, all you need is an arm that has two to three links plus a panhard rod. If on the other hand, you use a twist-beam rear suspension, it uses a beam in place of the panhard rod to hold the wheels in a lateral position. Whatever kind of system your car is using, you must always go for quality when it comes to purchasing a trailing arm. Make sure it is made of high-grade materials and won't wear out easily. This will save you time and money from future repairs and re-purchasing. If you're budget-savvy, you'll definitely love the deals you can get from Auto Parts Warehouse. It offers high quality yet affordable products that will fit your every automotive need. Order now!
What to Look for When Purchasing New Trailing Arms
Think of your car's trailing arms as the missing piece of your car's puzzle. Not only does it connect your wheels to your car's chassis and axle, it's also a big part of your suspension system. So without your vehicle's trailing arms, you're as good as driving a wheel-less car. But how do you know what to do, and what not to do, in purchasing new trailing arms. Don't fret! Here are a couple of dos and don'ts that can help you find the perfect suspension investment for your car.
- Know your suspension system. There are basically two types of suspension system and each is differentiated by its trailing arms. If you're running with a live axle system, then you'll need a trailing arm that is fitted with two to three links plus a panhard rod. For a twist-beam rear suspension, a trailing arm with a beam instead of a panhard rod would be a perfect fit.
- Always inspect the quality of your bushings before purchasing new trailing arms. Bushings act as your arms connection to your chassis and axle. If they are unusually cracked or rusted, this can lead to premature wear of your new trailing arms. So make sure you have good quality bushings installed on your suspension. If otherwise, replace your bushings to prepare for your new arms.
- Check if your trailing arm is fitted with anti-roll bars. Usually attached to your arm by four bolts, this thin metal rod attaches your arm to the rest of your chassis. So if your original trailing arm comes with this part, then you're most likely to get an arm with the same attachment.
- Purchase only trailing arms made of high-grade material. As mentioned, your trailing arms connect your wheels to the rest of your car's chassis. If it wears out easily, you might end up with a domino of car problems, which ranges from under-steering to uneven tire wear.
- Don't purchase a trailing arm if you have a multipoint suspension system. Although it may look like this system is connected with what a set trailing arms, these are not actually the same part. Multipoint suspension systems are connected to the car's chassis by links instead of arms.
- Don't settle for trailing arms that doesn't have a warranty clause. Warranties enable you to get the most out of your purchase. Without an acceptable warranty, you put your suspension system, and the rest of your car, at risk of premature wear and additional costs.
- Don't forgo quality for price. Although some dealers offer aftermarket trailing arms that have temptingly lower prices, it is still best to opt for OE replacement parts. You are always sure of their quality and fit and most comes with good warranty coverage. If you really want to save, you can always do the installation yourself instead of going to your local dealer.
Replacing Your Trailing Arm
You were supposed to upgrade your shocks, when you suddenly find a rusting rod dangling from your wheels. No wonder you've been getting odd vibration while driving down the highway-you have a broken trailing arm. So before you lose all control over your car's steering, replace this part with this step-by-step DIY guide.
Difficulty level: Easy to moderate
Tools you'll need:
- Breaker bar with a 24mm socket
- Car jack and jack stand
- Crescent wrench
- Trailing arm replacement
- Using a crescent wrench, loosen your wheel's lug nuts. This allows easier removal of your wheels once you lift your car off the ground. Position your jack and jack stand or hydraulic lift and gently lift your car.
- Completely remove your wheel to gain access your shock absorber. With your wrench, remove the bottom bolt from the shock mount stud and take out your shocks.
- Next remove your strut rod by undoing the nut and bolt from the frame. You should also unbolt the cotter pin from the shock bolt stud. Using your wrench, remove both nut and bolt and set aside.
- Now that you can see your trailing arm, remove the two bolts that hold the arm in place. Remember to use a breaker bar with a 24mm socket to take out the rear bolt. There should also be two clips that attaches the trailing arm to your chassis, unfasten those clips as well. Once all the bolts and clips are loose, remove your trailing arm from the entire assembly.
- Install your new trailing arm in place, starting with its front part. Mount both ends into the assembly and make sure to line up the bolts into each hole. Tighten the nuts and bolts found at both the front and rear.
- Secure the rest of your trailing arms with the harness clips.
- Reassemble all the other parts, following Step 1 to 3 in reverse order.
- Lower your car to test-drive your new trailing arms.