Is driving with a bad control arm dangerous?

My mechanic told me that my car has a bad control arm. I still need to drive and can’t afford to replace it right now. Is it dangerous to drive with a bad control arm?

Rob Shapiro · Updated on
Reviewed by Shannon Martin, Licensed Insurance Agent.
Most drivers don’t know what a control arm is or how important it is, so thanks for asking! Yes, driving with a bad control arm is dangerous.
To start, a control arm is a hinged suspension link situated between the chassis and the suspension upright or hub that attaches to the wheel. If something is wrong with the control arm, the following can happen:
  • Your steering will be unpredictable and hard to control
  • Your vehicle may pull to one side, even when you are holding the steering wheel straight
  • Your car will be unsafe to drive on any road
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