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Old 12-30-2015
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Icon14 Is my Ford Ranger still road worthy?

i bought a 1993 ford ranger about five months ago, and recently the shocks have gone bad. When I took a look at them, I noticed a part connecting to the front axle (radius arm?) is rusted almost all the way through. Is this dangerous to drive with? Also is it worth it to fix this part? The same part on the other side is rusted too. What is my best option? Thanks, -matt

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If the rest of the frame is good and solid. look the whole frame over everywhere. I would say that its worth fixing if the rest the truck aint bad and you like the truck. I know the junk yards up around where I live still have trucks that old and could get those pretty cheap. I believe they are called radius arms. I don't think they are all that expensive new. pretty sure they are under 100$ for both.
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Not safe don't drive.I would look around on the net they should be cheaper than a auto parts store.
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I believe that's the control arm. And no, it's definately not safe to drive that way. Check the whole frame over good. You may want to consider rockauto for the parts if you want brand new.
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i bought a 1993 ford ranger about five months ago, and recently the shocks have gone bad. When I took a look at them, I noticed a part connecting to the front axle (radius arm?) is rusted almost all the way through. Is this dangerous to drive with? Also is it worth it to fix this part? The same part on the other side is rusted too. What is my best option? Thanks, -matt

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As others have mentioned check over the whole undercarriage... If the frame itself is solid then my guess is u probably wanna fix it on a tight budget? If so I'd recommend a u pull it salvage yard......also if u need to replace tie rods or ballpoints and such, do not buy the elcheapo crap...........it is just that crap
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yes its unsafe to drive obviously and the other guy is right, its called a control arm not the radius arm like I previously said.
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no! that is in fact a radius arm not a control arm
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that's what I thought but on rock auto it is called a control arm, could be different places call it different for some odd reason
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