If you’re planning on replacing the rear assist arm (lateral arm) for your KIA Sorento, chances are the fasteners will be seized. As was the case for me, and other shops I called around for used parts.
Which means you’ll likely need a reciprocating saw or drill to cut the bolt loose. This will require a bit more skill and safety awareness when using power tools.
*Wear safety glasses and a mask to avoid injury.*
This job took me 3 days to complete. I went through about 8 blades and a new set of drill bits to cut the bolt from the control arm out.
Once you’ve installed the new assist arm, make sure to torque bolts once suspension is at ride height. This will avoid premature wear of the bushings and ensure longer life of the part.
Afterwards you’ll need to get an alignment done since you’ll have replaced the camber bolt.
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Assist/Lateral arms are very important components of the vehicle suspension system.
A faulty assist arm can result in dangerous driving conditions causing the wheel to snap from the suspension. The arm holds the tire in place so as not to put too much negative camber during normal driving operations.
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Watch how to replace rear assist arm for 2011 KIA Sorento:
October 10, 2022