I have same problem the rear bolt holding the lower o/s control arm is spinning :( The bolt is inside the subframe which was supposed to be held ( welded i suppose ). Any suggestions or help on this would be appreciated :)
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Jack up car and support on the frame just behind the wheel. Remove wheel. from bottom side remove the stabilizer link single bolt style is 13mm or saddle type 15mm remove lower ball joint pinch bolt 15mm with a pry bar then lower control arm can be removed from steering knuckle. then remove both lower control arm bushing bolts 18mm or 21mm ? out it comes.
these wear originally bolted up before the gas tank was in so i'm sorry but you are going to have to drop the tank, once have the othe rbolt loose its a case of wiggleing the arm/bolt until its out,who ever said cars where a joy to work on was probably mad !!!!
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
to replace control arm, you need place jackstands under the frame and lower vechicle so the weight of the vechicle rests on the jackstands and not on the control arms, then remove the front wheel remove ball joint and nut, remove steering knuckle from the lower ball joint using tool KM 507 B. remove control arm to crossmember nut and bolt, remove rear crossmember to body bolt and remove control arm.torque control arm to crossmember nut and bolt 81 ft lbs, torque ball joint to steering knuckle bolt nut 44 ft lbs.torque crossmember to body bolt to 145 ft lbs.
Remove the pinch bolt from the lower intermediate steering shaft
Loosen all insulator clamp attaching bolts.
Place a jack stand under the center of the rear frame cross member.
Remove the rear frame-to-body bolts.
Lower the rear of the frame just enough to gain access to the stabilizer shaft.
Remove the insulator clamp bolts and the clamps from the frame.
Remove the insulators from the stabilizer bar.
Remove the stabilizer bar links from the control arms.
Pull the stabilizer shaft rearward.
Insert the stabilizer shaft to the left side of the vehicle. Important: DO NOT tighten the stabilizer link nut at this time. The weight of the vehicle must be supported by the control arms such that you can obtain the vehicle design trim heights before tightening the link nut.
Loosely install the stabilizer shaft link at the control arm.
Install the insulators on to the stabilizer bar.
Connect the insulator clamps to the frame.
Tighten the stabilizer shaft bracket bolts to 48 Nm (35 ft. lbs.) .
Raise the frame into position while you guide the steering shaft onto the gear.
Install the new frame-to-body attaching bolts.
Remove the jack stand.
Install the pinch bolt and tighten.
Install the left tire and wheel assembly.
Lower the vehicle.
Support the weight of the vehicle by the control arms.
Tighten the stabilizer link nut.
Tighten the stabilizer shaft link nut to 23 Nm (17 ft. lbs.)
There you are, I hope your job goes well. Thank you for using FixYa.
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.