What happens if my control arm breaks while driving?

I’m a bit of a pessimist, so I’m always nervous that something bad is going to happen. I have an older car, which just adds to my anxiety when driving. In a worst-case scenario, what happens if my control arm breaks while I’m behind the wheel?

Eric Schad · Updated on
Reviewed by Shannon Martin, Licensed Insurance Agent.
If your control arm breaks while driving, you may have trouble steering or going straight or a wheel could fall off your vehicle. It’s certainly not ideal!
The control arm is what connects your front wheels to your car. So if it breaks, it can easily lead to an accident. It would cause major damage to your vehicle at the very least.
However, your control arm doesn’t just break out of nowhere. You should notice several signs that it’s giving out, such as:
  • Braking becomes unstable
  • Heavy vibrations, especially when turning in the direction that the faulty arm is on
  • Steering pushes significantly to the left or right, even after an alignment
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