How do I tell what the lower and upper contol arms are in my 2006 dodge magnum SXT RWD and do I have to replace both at the same time pic would be nice if possible

Micheal Karaffa

Asked by Mar 04, 2014 at 02:31 PM about the 2006 Dodge Magnum SXT

Question type: Maintenance & Repair

10 Answers

Tom Demyan

Are they bent, did you hit something?

Micheal Karaffa

Well a buddy of mine looked and said a ball joint on the front fright passenger side is shot and ive been looking and to replace that you have to replace the control arm because it comes as an assembly

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Micheal Karaffa

And there was a rattle and then the woman fell asleep driving and hit the ditch there was just snow but the rattle has gotten way worse

Micheal Karaffa

Tom did u maybe have somethin to help me out

Tom Demyan

The ball joint is sold separately and can be replaced without replacing the arm. Go to and drill down the menu and you'll see some pics of the parts and prices. HTH'S.

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Micheal Karaffa

I can only do that if I buy an after market control arm if you buy it from Chrysler/dodge it comes as one peace so people dont have to go get all the other stuff for it

Norm Davis

You don't have to replace both arms. Dodge sells the arm and ball joint as a unit, but the ball joint can be independently replaced with an aftermarket one. But the real question is, why bother. It's not a backyard project. You'll pay serious labor to have the old ball joint driven out in a shop, when you can replace the entire lower arm yourself with the car on a jackstand. Go on Ebay, you can get BOTH lower control arms, WITH the ball joints, for less than $75. 2005-2008 RWD all take the same one.

Micheal Karaffa

Can you put a link up to the part

Norm Davis

Just go to Ebay and type in "2006 Magnum lower control arm", you'll get about 1000 hits. Here's both sides for $66.:|Model%3AMagnum&hash=item20bd9f749e&vxp=mtr

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Ryan Ducharme

This has probably been answered and your car fixed long ago but in case it hasn't. There are two lower ball joints. One can be pressed out and in and the other has to be entirely changed. There's a ball joint that is in the steering knuckle which can be pressed out and in. The other ball joint is part of the lower tension strut. This entire arm needs to be changed as the ball joint is not pressed in. Hope this helps you or any body else in the future

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