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04-28-2013 12:08 PM
gtferrari i had to replace one rear corner on my 08 when i went to upgrade the springs and absorbers. the nuts spun off with no fuss but as the bolts came out they seized. turns out i had a bad bushing. paid $127 for anew control arm from ford (it was the only option in my area) seems to run 35-55 anywhere else and $12 per bolt (ford only). there was no room to cut them out and i went through a lot of sawzall blades (spring for the hardened steel ones). its an easy chore to do in you garage if you have a jack and stand. torching might be easier but burning a bushing inches from your head isnt the wisest thing... you will definitely need a 4 wheel alignment afterwards (~$90). i would say total time per corner using the sawzall 3hrs (if you need to cut both bolts).
04-28-2013 08:37 AM
mikebontoft V8 swap. Sounds easier than dealing with those stupid bolts. haha.
04-28-2013 08:29 AM
Chris_HT On the rear end that much rusted, you will fight every bolt, and need to replace nearly everything.

Try to simply unbolt (be f... careful not to drop it on your head) whole crossmember/subframe, and perform work off the car. Maybe even replace whole sub frame assembly from other Focus.

I'm just finishing my rebuild.
04-28-2013 07:37 AM
mikebontoft looks like they got it all I'll add is... nice VT500 I spy through your wheel :D

(at least I think it's one... 83-84?)
04-28-2013 07:21 AM
Originally Posted by TEK30001 View Post
I am looking to get:


For the most part I get all my thing from this web page or is there a better website?
Those will work. You'll find the toe-links will give the rear end more responsive.
Try CFM= centralfloridamotorsports, Steeda, Fwerks, Tirerack.
04-27-2013 08:27 PM
What is the best Rear Toe Control Arms and Adjustable Camber Arms

I am looking to get:


For the most part I get all my thing from this web page or is there a better website?
04-17-2013 12:14 PM
my_beautious_ZX3 ahhh...beautiful pics! Isn't macro mode a minor miracle?!

penetrating lube is definitely worth a shot, esp. considering your vehicle isn't very old.

Unfortunately though, those bolts tend to seize on the inside of the LCA, so a gallon of PB might not even work. But, who knows - reapply the PB and let it soak for a couple of days; then take a whack at the bolts again. Don't compromise your personal safety.

As for which power tool is best to use, I personally can't advise, because at this point I said "f--- it!" and let my mechanic do it; he later said it was one of the worst jobs he's encountered. Search the forum archives - there are posts by folks who have done this dirty deed, but I don't know how much detail they mention. You could always PM them for details.

Regardless of which method you use, note how poorly the cross member in your photo is made! Very thin sheet metal and further compromised by corrosion. So, take care not to damage it when destroying those bolts. Since the LCA is gonna be trashed anyway, focus your frustration in its direction.
04-17-2013 10:02 AM
cmb1120 these are what the bolts look like on rear lower control arms. I just sprayed them with pb oil. I cannot get them to turn at all. Any ideas that do not involve using an axle grinder or sawzall?

04-17-2013 02:22 AM
elsolo Well, sounds about what I would expect.

By the time the bushings in any one rear control arm are wasted, the rest are not far behind. I wouldn't do one new lower control arm and leave the other waiting to fail. It's rusty, so I would expect to have to cut at least one bolt off. Those bolts, like many of Ford's, should be replaced anyhow.

If it were mine, I would expect to replace all bushings and fasteners, including the cam bolts for setting the rear toe-in. Replacing the bushings means new control arms.
04-16-2013 10:24 PM
my_beautious_ZX3 seems like alotta rust for an '06, but then you do live in the rust belt.

the photos are kinda blurry. If you took them with a digital camera, can you replace them with ones shot in macro ("close-up") mode? Macro is sometimes designated by a flower icon. Shots of bolts & rubber would be helpful, as would a couple that are a little further away, to give us a "big picture" view of each suspension component. Even so, the best we're gonna be able to do is second-guess your mechanic.
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