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Old 11-08-2009, 05:45 PM
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Lower Control Arm Removal Problem [PIC]

I am in the process of removing my whole front suspension and i am getting stuck on the the different ball joints.

I have removed the cotter pin out of the bolt but i cannot unscrew it. When i turn the nut, it just spins the bolt and all.

I am just trying to remove the knuckle / spindle from the lower control arm.

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Im working on it in the garage currently, help is very appreciated.
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I am in the process of removing my whole front suspension and i am getting stuck on the the different ball joints.

I have removed the cotter pin out of the bolt but i cannot unscrew it. When i turn the nut, it just spins the bolt and all.

I am just trying to remove the knuckle / spindle from the lower control arm.



Im working on it in the garage currently, help is very appreciated.
maybe you should hold it from the other side and give the nut a blast with an impact wrench.
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Soak it with PB Blaster first
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I had to apply costrant downward pressure on that joint by pushing on the control arm when I replaced mine.
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+1 on the impact gun...

You'll need a new one when your done though.
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Use a vise grip to keep the ball joint from spinning.
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oi, thank you guys, Pickle-fork + Impact wrench!
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Reinstall the strut, and use a floor jack to lift the LCA (directly under the ball joint) as far as it can extent up. You should be able to unscrew the nut when it's jacked up.

Don't forget penetration fluid.
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Penetration fluid...yes!
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oi, thank you guys, Pickle-fork + Impact wrench!
So did you get it off? Pickle fork won't help you until you get the nut off...another trick if you don't have a pickle fork is to rap the arm on the outside with a hammer, it'll loosen the tapered shaft of the control arm from the spindle.
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I was working on the same problem for about 4 hours one day. I put a floor jack under the ball joint and tightened the bolt in 3 minutes.

You will have to use the same method to loosen the nuts as you will to tighten.
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anyone know the size of the ball joint on the steering knuckle?

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