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Old 01-28-2011, 11:23 AM   #1
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Replacing Front Control Arm

I am trying to replace my front right control arm on my 2003 ford focus and I have run in the problem that I cant remove two of the bolts. So now after breaking 3 ratchets I was wondering if I just cut the bolts off how hard would it be to get new one? and what are the specs on the bolts like size and type and all that? I have tried everything to get them out heat, blaster, pure force still nadda


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what bolt? take a pic if you can... mine fell right out with a decent impact gun
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the back two you have to use two ratchets otherwise they just spin. You could cut them, but you'll need new ones from Ford.
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PS were you able to undo the ball joint bolt?
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broke 3 ratchets? were you using a like 3/8" drive and put a 4 foot pipe on it? anyways, try an impact gun on it with some penetrating fluid put on a bit before hand.
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This is what breaker bars are for. You might need 2 of them, one for loosening and one for holding the other side. Let the holding side swing back against the chassis so you can concentrate your force on the other side.

Remember, final torque has to be done with the suspension at rest- the same position it is when it's on the ground. If you can get under the car when it's on the ground- great, if not, you should tighten the bolts, but not completely tight, then lower the vehicle so it sits on the wheel, then mark the position of the control arm so you can use a jack under the control arm to bring it up to "rest". Be very careful- as you reach the "rest" position, you will be taking weight off the jack stands and making the jacked vehicle precarious.

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I have tried penetrating oil and an impact gun but no luck. I have tried a breaker bar I have even tried a 4 foot piece of pipe but still wont budge. The bolts i was able to undo was the bolt holding the ball joint and the right bolt on the back of the control arm where it pivots.
these are the best pics i can take

http://i65.photobucket.com/albums/h2...1-28150814.jpg
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All I can say is do not break the one in the front....and its funny, i could remove all of them but the one holding the ball joint in place...
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So I cut out one of the bolts but I dont think I can the other one out the same way the first one i just used an angle grinder but idk if i can get the other one with an angle grinder any ideas?
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Old 01-28-2011, 08:34 PM   #10
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All the bolts are out any ideas on where i can get new ones?
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