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IDLER ARMS

Idler Arms create the proper steering linkage height by connecting one end of the linkage to the frame. It also creates a pivot point for the steering linkage.

INSTALL LEVEL OF DIFFICULTY

DIFFICULT

How Does it Work?

  • Holds the center link at the proper height.
  • Opposite side from the Pitman arm.

How Is It Made?

  • An idler arm has either a tapered hole or a ball joint on the end connecting to the center link, and a mounting portion that is bolted to the frame or sub-frame.

How Does It Fail?

  • Rough road conditions.
  • Driving wear.

What are Symptoms of Failure?

  • Under car noise.
  • Erratic steering.
  • Drifting.
  • Front-end shimmy.

What Are the Consequences of Failure?

  • Arm becomes loose.
  • Damaged.
  • Sometimes only one idler arm may be failing, but it’s good practice and insurance to replace both.

If you have questions or concerns about idler arms or any of your vehicle’s components, come into your local Pep Boys where we can answer any question, help you find any part, or perform any vehicle service you might need.