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What new hardware do you replace when replaceing upper controler arm on a 1996 Mercury Couger

Replacing upper controler arms on front left and right sides. Trying to find out what all I should replace annd how to do the job.

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Borrow a repair manual from the libarry to guide you though the repair,

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  • Spero Branoff Dec 01, 2012

    Went to a Ford dealer to get a new set of pinch bolts and the nuts and found out you can't order them anymore. Ford no longer offers them and gives no cross reference for them. I hsve to take them off and see if I can match them with another #5 bolt or usr the old ones.

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SOURCE: Right lower ball joint. Torn loose

If you torn the ball joint out, you very well could have more damage.
If you plan on doing the work yourself, I would put the car up on stands, and take the front wheel off, and do a through examination of the whole assembly.
Once you have a complete assesement of all of the damage you can go to your local parts house and get the parts.
If you have to replace the lower arm, you will need probably need some specialized tools (like a spring compressor).
After you're done changing parts, you will need to get a front end alignment.

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SOURCE: Can't remove the lower control arm front bushing bolt

try to releive pressure by having it on stand also try another bolt from otherside or if you can get a vice grip on the shaft without stripping the threads and hit it with a hammer also wiggle control arm up and down while you do this

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SOURCE: Creaking sound when turning wheel left

ball joints or tie rod

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