Frequently Asked Questions Ask APW
How much would it cost to replace both rusted lower control arms on a Toyota Camry?
Answer: Toyota Camry control arms are usually low-cost parts that go between 100-200 dollars apiece for OE quality replacements. Some aftermarket control arms even go for as low as 50 dollars. However, the actual Toyota Camry control arm installation can rake in quite a few hundred dollars when brought in for professional servicing. Even the dealership would charge about 600 dollars for labor unless the control arms are still covered by warranty. As such, it would be advisable to do a DIY replacement for control arms and just have the wheels aligned at a shop afterwards.
What are some safety reminders when replacing a Toyota Camry control arm?
Answer: Replacing the control arms on a Toyota Camry involves jacking up the car to remove the wheels, so it's very important to do the replacement on a level spot. More important measures are usually observed after installing the control arm already. For one, it is very important to torque the bolts using the correct manufacturer's specifications. Also, since replacing the control arms on a Toyota Camry can cause the wheels to misalign, it's vital to have a wheel realignment procedure afterwards.
What are the signs that the bushings on the lower control arm of a Toyota Camry need to be replaced?
Answer: Control arm bushings can actually be replaced by themselves; and more often than not, a simple bushing replacement can solve issues with the control arm. A good sign of a bad lower control arm bushing is if the wheels tend to move forwards or backwards from the frame. In this case, the wheels in an accelerating Toyota Camry will tend to move forwards from its original position on the frame while braking will produce the opposite effect. Another way to verify if bushings need replacement is if they are loosely attached to the frame and can easily be moved back and forth when the Toyota Camry is suspended. It is necessary to get Toyota Camry control arm replacement bushings as soon as the old ones start to fail to ensure safety on the road.