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Old 09-10-2012, 11:03 PM   #11
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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.
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Old 09-10-2012, 11:11 PM   #12
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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.
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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.
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