It’s not recommended to drive with bad control arm bushings for an extended period of time as it can cause serious safety issues. Worn control arm bushings can lead to poor handling and alignment, which can affect the stability of the vehicle and make it difficult to steer or control the vehicle, especially at high speeds. It can also cause uneven tire wear and accelerate wear on other suspension components.
If you notice any of the following symptoms, it’s important to have your vehicle inspected by a professional mechanic as soon as possible:
- clunking or rattling noises coming from the suspension
- poor handling, vehicle pulls to one side
- uneven tire wear
- steering wheel vibration
- loose steering
If you continue to drive with bad control arm bushings, it can lead to further damage to the suspension and steering components, which can be costly to repair. It’s best to address the issue as soon as possible to avoid further damage and ensure the safety of you and your passengers while driving.