Having problems with your 2001 Honda Civic ?
I am wondering how much it will be to replace both of the control arms? Or how can i tell if i really need to replace them or if im being ripped off by mechanics?
The control arms also have rubber bushings at each point where they attach to the vehicle. They can and do wear out. You can examine them for tears in the rubber or looseness.I have replaced several. You can buy the bushings and press them out or buy the complete control arm. Depending on your skill level or tooling. Not sure exactly what your mechanics found, but just letting you know about the bushings too.
The only time you should EVER have to replace control arms is if they are bent or physically damaged by an accident. They are one of the strongest components on a car. Other parts will give out earlier like ball joints and tie rod ends especially on front wheel drive cars such as Honda. Honda makes what I believe to be the best engineered cars from top to bottom. They are very predictable when they have issues because so few things go wrong with them. CV joints and tie rod ends are basically all that will need to be replaced on the front end of a Honda. Please rate me on this answer.
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