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Old 05-06-2010, 08:33 PM   #1
Drives: 08 Sedan
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Warning - Broken control arm bolt!

Hey Guys...

This morning while I was pulling out of my drive way, I felt and heard a thump come from the front of the car.. Thought, OH THAT IS WEIRD!

While I started to drive down the road, every bump or when I braked, again the thump.. I said to my self, hmm this can not be good.. So I went in the afternoon to the dealership to have it checked out the following was found..

On the passenger side, on the lower control arm, one of the two bolts secures the control to the sub frame, the bolt head corroded and broke off (see attached photo)..

Well here comes the good part.. The S.A stated that there is a service bulletin for this issue of these bolts corroding and breaking off, and they are going to replace the following.. Control arms on both sides of the car, all bolts, and the cradle as there is a new design of control arm and cradle.

I would strongly suggest that you check out the bolts on your car to see if they are corroding as I would not want to see someone be driving on the highway at a good speed and the bolt head breaks off and possible separation of the control from the sub frame then lose control of the car…

Form the photo, you can also see that this bolt was cracked for awhile as the bolt shaft was all rusted where the bolt head broke off.
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