Control arm


#1

At 66,000 miles I was told I needed a new control arm on my 2003 Camry. 3000 miles earlier I had my front brakes replaced and 2 new tires and was not aware there was a problem. While replacing the control arm they said a part (a bolt I believe) had been so loose it and had shifted to the point of practically falling out. They said the labor intensive job (which cost $1100 including an alignment) was absolutely necessary and without it being done, my car would not have passed inspection. Was I a sucker, or does this seem like a legitimate repair.

Thanks,

Lauren


#2

I don’t know if you’ve managed to provide all of the exact details here based on your post but if this repair consisted of nothing more than a lower control arm (with ball joint), then the repair sounds way overpriced.
The part should be a couple of hundred dollars and labor should not be more than an hour or so at most.
It’s not a difficult job unless there is something additional going on or if both control arms are involved, etc.


#3

If you post the itemized bill you may get more information than you wish.