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Re: 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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Lift Vehicle and place on axle stands. Remove wheels. Disconnect the lower control arm from the bolts that hold the ball joint, or from the knuckle. Undo the rear two bolts that hold the ''D'' shaped rear bush and the bolt that holds the forward bush. Have it pressed out and replace with new one. Reverse the procedure for installation. While the arm is out check the condition of the ball joints and replace if needed. After assembly have the front wheel alignment checked.
The ball joints are part of the lower control arm . The control arm is not extremely difficult, but not easy either. First remove the nut on balljoint, then pull the ball joint out of the knuckle, that may take a pry bar, remove front control arm nut and bolt, and two bolts on rear of control arm bushing, reverse process to install. The Ford workshop manual says to replace the control arm nuts and bolts, but I hardly ever do. Have never had a problem. Torque front bolt to 111 lb-ft, and rear to 73 lb-ft. Hope that is good for you.
KIP. Martin, service manager Ford dealership.
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.
to remove lower control arm bushings you need to remove control arm from vechicle have control arm bushings pressed out.you need to remove disconnect torsion bar,remove shock absorber,disconnect stabilizer bar link, remove axle half shaft, remove the lower ball joint, remove control arm mounting bolts, then remove lower control arm.
To access the upper control arm,
remove the shock absorber and the strut bar. Also, disconnect the sway
bar from the lower control arm, if your particular Ram model is equipped
with it. After that, you can hold the coil spring in place with a
Secure the wheel hub assembly to the chassis using a wire before you
disconnect the upper ball joint. This will prevent damage to the brake
hose. When ready, release the ball joint using a ball-stud loosening
tool (see Resources).
The upper control arm mounts to the chassis with a cam bolt assembly.
Once removed, you can place the control arm on a vise and remove the
bushings using a bushing service tool (see Resources). When installing
the new bushings, do not use any lubricant but make sure the flange on
the bushing end seats properly on the arm bore. Then re-install the
upper control arm. When finished, take your Dodge vehicle to a good shop
to align the front suspension.
Lower Control Arm Bushings
Remove the shock absorber and
strut bar. If your particular model is equipped with a sway bar,
disconnect it from the lower control arm.
Secure the coil spring with a spring compressor and release the lower
ball joint from the wheel/hub assembly using a ball stud loosening tool
Now you can release the lower control arm by removing the rear
mounting bolts. Remove the bushings with a bushing service tool (see
Resources). When installing the new bushings, do not use lubricant and
make sure they seat properly on the control arm bore. Then replace the
lower control arm. When finished, take your Dodge vehicle to a good shop
to align the front suspension
the lower ball joint is pressed into the lower control arm. You will need a ball joint press to remove and install the ball joint. The other option is to replace the lower control arm.
Some parts store will have presses for loan. You will have to check around and see if any in your area have these. If you can't find one you could always pull the control arm and bring it to a shop or machine shop and have them swap the ball joint.
Its a pretty simple procedure.
1. remove the wheel 2. remove the pinch bolt that secures the knuckle to the ball joint. 3. separate the lower control arm from the knuckle. 4. remove snap ring from the ball joint (if it has one) 5. use a ball joint press to press out the old ball joint. 6. press in the new ball joint.
if you don't have a press than you can remove the lower control arm by following steps 1-3 above. then remove the bolt from the front bushing. Remove the stamped steel skid pan from the sub frame. Remove the rear lower control arm bushing mounting bolts.
If you have any questions I'll be happy to answer them.
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.
Do not disassemble the upper arm. If the ball joint or bushings are faulty, or the upper arm is damaged, the entire upper arm must be replaced.
Raise and support the vehicle safely.
Remove the front wheels. Support the lower control arm assembly with a floor jack.
Separate the upper ball joint from the steering knuckle using a ball joint separator tool.
Remove the self-locking nuts from the upper arm anchor bolts. Remove the upper arm from the vehicle.
Do not disassemble the upper arm. If the ball joint or bushings are faulty, or the upper arm is damaged, the entire upper arm must be replaced. To install: Use new self-locking nuts when installing the upper arm and strut.
Install the upper control arm assembly into the strut tower.
Connect the upper ball joint.
Install the front wheels and lower the vehicle.
With all four of the vehicle's wheels on the ground, torque the upper control arm nuts to 47 ft. lbs. (65 Nm). Torque the castle nut to 32 ft. lbs. (44 Nm); then, only tighten it enough to install a new cotter pin.
Tighten the wheel nuts to 80 ft. lbs. (110 Nm).
Check and adjust the vehicle's front end alignment.
The bushings on the front lower control arms are replaceable on most models. This procedure requires the use of a press and may be above the skill range of the average driveway enthusiast. It is recommended that this procedure be done by a qualified machine shop if you are not skilled in the proper use of a press.
Remove the lower control arm that is in need of new bushings.
It is recommended that both the left and right lower control arm bushings be replaced at the same time. The vehicles handling may become unstable if there are new bushings on one side of the car and worn ones on the other.
Set up the control arm in a press.
Using a impact socket of the correct length and size, press out the old bushing.
Install the new bushing by slowly using the press to push it into the control arm.
WARNINGExcessive force could cause the bushing to bend or tear so be careful.
Once the bushing is properly seated in the control arm, remove the arm from the press and install it on the vehicle.
I just did this job on my 98 regal, and I own the service manuals also. The lower control arm bushing that usually goes, is the front one. The rear one doesn't usually go, it is horizontally mounted. The front one for some reason is vertical. The control arm must be removed, and put in a vise. The front bushings outer metal sleeve, must be driven out with a chisel. It comes out easily. The new bushing can be tapped in with a hammer. Hope this helps!