After hitting a curb, is it possible to change out the control arm, get an alignment and new tire?

  • 2023 KIA RIO
  • 4WD
  • 8,414 MILES
Hello, I have the vehicle listed above S. I hit a curb, and the passenger lower control arm is bent, causing the sway bar and axle to rub against each other. Is it possible to change out the control arm, get an alignment and new tire and just worry about replacing the axle another day? Or would I need to replace it all at once?
Wednesday, May 24th, 2023 AT 5:10 PM

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Hello ASHAA,

You will need to remove the lower ball joint in order to do the axle and have an alignment performed. So honestly, I would do everything at once rather than having to take it apart twice, and possibly damaging the ball joint in the new control arm.

In case you need it, I am adding the replacement procedures for both the lower control arm and axle.

There are 2 spots they want you to use a pressing tool. If you us a 20-ounce hammer or so and give the ball joint and tie rod end a good pop on the knuckle with nut still slightly threaded on it should break them both free without have to mess around with a puller.

Also, some aftermarket axles are junk and will cause a vibration and the bushings in aftermarket control arms don't last. I recommend using OEM or ride comfort and quality could suffer.

If you need any more info just let me know.

Thank you,
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Thursday, May 25th, 2023 AT 4:44 AM

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