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Old 07-08-2014, 06:59 AM   #1
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In the middle of lowering install, hit a road block.

Just started installing FRPP lowering Springs and struts. Starting with the rears and doing the control arm bolts, can't seem to get them out. Feels like they are stuck to the bushing. Is this a case of just pull harder or is there some trick to it I don't know? Timely replies appreciated...


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Old 07-08-2014, 07:40 AM   #2
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Probably seized...Get an internal spring compressor and remove the rear springs that way, most part stores have them for free with a refundable deposit.


If you need some extra wiggle room, remove the bolt nearest the hub on the rear camber arm, thatd give you some extra room to pry out the spring
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Those compressors never work. You don't need one for the rear anyway.
Support the control arm with a jack while you have the car off the ground, remove the strut first, disconnect the sway bar, and the with the control arm supported, disconnect it from the control blade arm and slowly let down the jack. The spring will fall out.

If something is stuck, try using PB Blaster.
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Those compressors never work. You don't need one for the rear anyway.
Support the control arm with a jack while you have the car off the ground, remove the strut first, disconnect the sway bar, and the with the control arm supported, disconnect it from the control blade arm and slowly let down the jack. The spring will fall out.

If something is stuck, try using PB Blaster.
He's not able to get the control arm off...that is where he is stuck. That style spring compressor worked for me when I took out my FRPP springs, had to use a large socket to get some extra compression though.
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Figured you might run into that:http://www.focusfanatics.com/forum/s...10&postcount=3

I like Mac's idea of trying to get the top 'blade" arm loose at the knuckle, though I bet the sway bar links are rusted enough to need replacement when loosening one of those.

Rambleon84 listed what might be easiest, if you can get hold of that style compressor. Outside type don't help a lot in my experience back there - can't get 'em quite on opposite sides since the threaded rod will hit the arm when trying to install the spring.
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