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I have a Mazda 323 2002 1.3, is there a secret to refitting a control arm, I'm finding it difficult to get the rear bolt in, the ball joint and the bush closet to engine line up fine.

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  • Leigh phillips
    Leigh phillips Dec 07, 2014

    Hi, I tried that, I got them after a long time of messing about with it, wot should have probably taken me abt hour and half took me best part of 5 hours!!

  • Colin Stickland
    Colin Stickland Dec 07, 2014

    Sorry but in this sort of job you cannot beat brawn over brains ,i have no brains left the old gray matter has dissolved away with time but i always bolt the fixed points up first ,another tip if to lift both sides of the car at the same time as this takes the pressure off the anti roll bar so its easier to manipulate

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No their is no secret ,leave the ball joint out and align the two fixings then move the leg about to get the ball joint in

Posted on Dec 07, 2014

Testimonial: "What should have taken me about hour and half took me best part of 5 hours!! I got the mounting closet to the engine lined up fine, just the mounting at the back was so stiff as being new, I couldn't get it to move enough to get bolt in. I've still got drivers side to do. Just hope that one is not as bad"

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