Trying to remove control arm for a pontaic G6 2006
We are trying to remove the lower control arm (passenger side) of a 2006 pontiac G6 we got the front bolt loose and most of the way out but it refuses to come all the way out so that we can get the arm off, there is a box of some sort that is keeping the bolt just millimeters in the socket and we cant get that off, and also do we have to remove the sway bar as well to get it off? we have the car in a position to where we cant even drive the car to take it to a shop. we have the part that we need the only thing that was wrong was that the ball joint was bad but they make you replace the whole arm. we need to get this fixed because we are down to one car and we need 2.
Re: trying to remove control arm for a pontaic G6 2006
I had same problem with my 2006 G6 GTP 3.9 Engine. The front control arm pivot bolt would come out only so far and then hit the passenger side motor mount. I had to loosen the two (2) motor mount nuts from below, and then raise the engine and trans so that the pivot bolt could be moved forward enough to pull clear from the control arm. The control arm drops down, so that the sway bar does not have to be loosened or removed. Expensive part !! (lower control arm with ball joint), just to replace a failed ball joint. By the way, I have the "official" GM ZP/ G6 service manual, and it mentions Nothing about the motor mount interference problem. But, without clearing for that motor mount, that front bolt cannot be removed. (I don't have any experience with the 4 Cylinder G6 model, so can't help you there.)
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Re: trying to remove control arm for a pontaic G6 2006
The usual way to get that bolt out is to loosen the bolts that mount your k or h frame ( The frame member that the control arm is bolted to ) And allow it to drop a small amout to clear the bolt, but this is a tough maneuver because your steering, suspension, and generally 2 motor mounts are also attached to this. If you try this make sure you support the engine in some way and have everyone and everything clear of the area. Let me know if this helps :)
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ThE OWNERS MANUAL STATES YOU HAVE TO DO IT FROM THE TRUCK.. The handles that are used to lower the rear seatbacks are located on the upper edge of the trunk opening. Open the trunk. Pull the driver's side handle to open the larger side of the seatback. Pull the passenger's side handle to open the smaller side of the seatback. 2. Fold the seatback down from inside the vehicle.HERE'S A LINK TO YOUR OWNERS MANUAL. http://www.vadengmpp.com/owners-manual/pontiac/2006-Pontiac-G6.pdf
Here's a link to check out. 2006 Pontiac G6 Power Steering Is Faulty FIND YOUR COOLANT RESERVOIR ON THE PASSENGER SIDE TOWARD THE BACK REMOVE THE TWO BOLTS THAT HOLDS THIS RESERVOIR IN PLACE LOOK UNDER TO THE RIGHT YOU WILL SEE THE POWER STERRING RESERVOIR CAP I KNOW THIS SEEMS ODD BUT THATS WHERE IT IS LOCATED
The lower control arm is a two-piece welded unit with a riveted ball joint. A conventional rubber bushing is used for the rear lower control arm pivot. The front lower control arm bushing is mounted vertically.
REMOVAL AND INSTALLATION
Some special tools are required to perform this operation including, a front hub spindle removal tool and a suitable ball joint separator tool.
Do not hammer or pry ball joint from knuckle. Failure to use recommended tools may cause damage to the ball joint and seal.
See Figure 1
Fig. Fig. 1: Exploded view of the control arm-to-frame mounting
Raise the vehicle and suitably support by the frame allowing the control arms to hang free.
Remove the wheel and tire assembly.
Remove the steering gear outer tie rod from the steering knuckle.
Remove the stabilizer shaft link from the control arm.
Remove the front drive axle shaft nut and washer.
Use a suitable front hub spindle removal tool to Push the axle splines back out of the front wheel drive shaft bearing.
Remove the drive axle from the transaxle.
Drive axle joint seal protectors should be used anytime service is performed on or near the drive axles. Failure to observe this could result in joint or seal failure.
Place a modified inner drive joint seal protector on the drive axle joints.
If equipped, remove the ABS wheel speed sensor jumper harness.
Remove and discard the cotter pin, then loosen the nut from the ball stud.
Remove the pinch bolt and the control arm mounting bolts, then remove the control arm from the vehicle.
if its the bolt that attaches to the spindle thats the lower ball joint u will need to jack up and support vehicle remove the wheel you will need to support control arm with a jack and decompress spring and chain or secure for safety reasons so it doesnt shoot out and cause injury cut or drill out the 4 rivets that hold the ball joint in place [if it is a pressed one will need to buy or a lot of auto stores will let you borrow a ball joint press]replace with new done ---if the bolt is the one attached to the frame need to do same set up and remove old and replace but the bushings are what will slow u down a bit while replacing
Most front ends are set up basically the same way.First raise and support your front end and remove the tire.Both the upper and lower should look about the same.If you look at the control arm you will have an upper and lower ball joint and a tie rod end bolted to the steering knuckle.Remove the bolt on the tie rod end and use a ball joint separate to remove the tie rod end.Then remove the ball joint from the steering knuckle with your separator.Depending on which control arm it is if its the upper you will also have to remove the brake hose out of the way to remove the upper control arm.Once that's done you will see 2 bolts that hold the control arms to the frame remove these bolts and your control arm will come off,You might have to pry them a little bit to get them out.You also want to have something handy to block up your steering knuckle until your ready to put it back together.It wouldn't hurt to have a piece of wire just in case you need to tie something in place.And be sure you grease everything with a high pressure grease.
Raise and support vehicle.
Remove the steering knuckle.
Remove the bolts fastening the power steering cooler to the front suspension cradle crossmember reinforcement (Fig. 21).
Remove the lower control arm rear bushing retainer bolts located on each side of each lower control arm rear bushing.
NOTE: The bolts fastening the cradle crossmember reinforcement are of three different thread sizes. Note the location of the various sizes.
Remove the bolts attaching the cradle crossmember reinforcement to the front suspension cradle crossmember (Fig. 22). Remove the 2 bolts fastening the reinforcement and rear of cradle crossmember to the body of the vehicle. Remove the reinforcement.
Remove the pivot bolt attaching the front bushing of the lower control arm to the front suspension cradle crossmember.
Remove the lower control arm.