2003 Pontiac Grand Am - Sway bar or control arm snapped?

Tiny
DEWYATT
  • 2003 PONTIAC GRAND AM

Suspension problem
2003 Pontiac Grand Am Front Wheel Drive Automatic

To make a long story short, see the pics:


http://www.2carpros.com/forum/automotive_pictures/390843_DSC03001_1.jpg



http://www.2carpros.com/forum/automotive_pictures/390843_DSC03001_sm_2.jpg



That's the rear passenger side wheel to give you some perspective.
What is this snapped rod?
I researched online a bit and it looks like a rear control arm or sway bar maybe.
What is it?
I understand it's very important as I can shake the wheel around a lot, it seems that rod mates the wheel with the frame.
We're not driving it around obviously, it certainly isn't safe.

Any idea on how much it would cost to have it replaced?

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Sunday, August 2nd, 2009 AT 12:24 AM

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Tiny
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It's a Lateral link, the sway bar is above it (top) of picture.

You are probably looking at $500-800 for a shop to replace.

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Wednesday, August 5th, 2009 AT 8:05 AM
Tiny
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That is a lower control arm and anywere from100-250 to replace and u will need a alignment after replacing it.

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Thursday, August 6th, 2009 AT 1:04 AM
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I would also be concerned about how it broke, that is a pressty good size chunk of steel to be breaking, unless you had an impact?

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Thursday, August 6th, 2009 AT 8:21 AM
Tiny
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Yes, it's my mother's car and she wrecked it (not sure on the details).
Went to a mechanic, he said $220 and he'll replace left and right since left was probably damaged as well.

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Thursday, August 6th, 2009 AT 11:16 AM
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That's a good deal, I would take it. Is it $220 plus parts?

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Friday, August 7th, 2009 AT 8:18 AM

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