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09-11-2012 12:20 AM
Black&Tan
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Originally Posted by maloken View Post
Hello folks. I am new to the site and not very computer literate, so am having tons of trouble even asking a question here. I need to replace the control arm assembly as the bushing has seperated and is rubbing on the passenger rear. Anyone able to tell me what I will have to disconnect to do so? Will I need to compress the spring, or just let it hang?
Compress the control arm by putting the jack underneath it like I pictured. Try to remove the control arm bolt. Get a sawzall and if the lower control arm bolt won't come out, cut it off. Then release the jack slowly and the control arm will drop and release the spring.
09-11-2012 12:11 AM
Black&Tan
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Originally Posted by Blue5ive View Post
Cars were on jackstands. Wheels off of course. Jacked up lca abit. Removed shock. Let lca all the way down. Stood on lca, gripped fender and bounced/pushed down while other person grabbed spring. First time we tried didn't work cuz we forgot to unbolt swaybars. It was a tight extraction.
Someone else said pretty much the same thing. I had to do the job by myself. No way was I gonna get that spring out like that.

Even so, it seems a lot simpler to just undo the upper control arm bolt and pry the thing out easy rather than doing it your way. Especially with an impact wrench.
09-11-2012 12:03 AM
Blue5ive Cars were on jackstands. Wheels off of course. Jacked up lca abit. Removed shock. Let lca all the way down. Stood on lca, gripped fender and bounced/pushed down while other person grabbed spring. First time we tried didn't work cuz we forgot to unbolt swaybars. It was a tight extraction.
09-10-2012 11:53 PM
Black&Tan So you took the wheel off, and without unbolting anything, pushed the control arm down while with your foot and the spring popped out?

Am I understanding that right?
09-10-2012 08:25 PM
Blue5ive Nope. It's been done on at least 3 other cars in our area.
09-10-2012 08:13 PM
Black&Tan
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Originally Posted by Blue5ive View Post
All I did was push the control arm down with my foot and the spring came out.
Unless you unbolt the lower control arm or have a broken spring, that can't happen.
09-10-2012 07:50 PM
maloken
07 arm assembly replacement ....help??!!!!

Hello folks. I am new to the site and not very computer literate, so am having tons of trouble even asking a question here. I need to replace the control arm assembly as the bushing has seperated and is rubbing on the passenger rear. Anyone able to tell me what I will have to disconnect to do so? Will I need to compress the spring, or just let it hang?
09-10-2012 07:10 PM
Blue5ive All I did was push the control arm down with my foot and the spring came out.
09-10-2012 01:49 PM
TheGlassMaker This is very true. I had two others helping me. One to pry down and myslf and one other to get the spring out. I'm with ya on that.
09-10-2012 11:46 AM
Black&Tan
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Originally Posted by ranger_mclaren View Post
This^. Just unbolt the top shock bolt and pry down and you get the same effect. Except while you have the jack under the lower arm take a couple wire hangers and wrap it around a few coils while the spring is compressed so it stays compressed even after you release the jack. Helps get the coil our so much easier. That's how we changed mine, good write up though!
Thought about that, I but I'm way too paranoid about compressing springs without a spring compressor to try to wire them together.

I had to install these by myself so had limited leverage on pulling the control arm down while I pried. I needed the extra clearance you get by removing the upper control arm bolt. Plus I have an air wrench, so taking out that bolt was pretty easy.

Even with the extra clearance getting the shorter springs in took some doing. Would be different if I had an extra pair of hands.
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