NHTSA — Suspension: Front: Control Arm: Lower Arm Problems


definitely annoying
Crashes / Fires:
0 / 0
Injuries / Deaths:
0 / 0
Average Mileage:
44,203 miles

About These NHTSA Complaints:

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1998 Pontiac Grand Am suspension problems

suspension problem

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1998 Pontiac Grand Am Owner Comments

problem #3

May 062005

Grand Am 6-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 67,609 miles


Noise heard in front end going over bumps. Failure= lower control arm rear bushings separating from control arm.left and right sides. Correction+ replacement of lower control arms

- Merrimack, NH, USA

problem #2

Nov 102004

Grand Am 6-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • miles
I was informed that the problems related to the difficulty driving my Grand Am and the lound clunking noise and the intense "shimmy" was because my right lower control arm had snapped and my left lower control arm was cracked about to separate as well. I do know a little about cars and this doesn't seem to be a normal maintenance problem. This is costing me well over $600 to repair.

- Rochester, NY, USA

problem #1

Sep 232004

Grand Am 4-cyl

  • Manual transmission
  • 65,000 miles
I have had lower control arm failures on both sides of my 1998 Pontiac Grand Am. The rear bushing pulls apart causing a severe shimmy when braking at high speeds and clanking when going over bumps. It is either a design or manufacturing defect. The dealer has refused to pay costs.

- St Paul, MN, USA

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