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I'm working on a 93 toyota paseo. Where the front lower control arm bolts to the body, the front bolt(which goes through the bushing and threads into the body)spins either way and doesnt tighten or come out(by hand,or impact gun). The car recently went into a ditch on the same side. Im afraid the weld broke which was holding the threads for the bolt. Then i realized the car doesnt have a crossmember in the front and was all part of the unibody. Now i have a big problem and not sure what to do next. Any help would be greatly appreciated. Thank you, Aaron

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1992 or 1993 Paseo? Sounds like you have a serious front end problem. I would take it to a body shop in order to evaluate the cost for fixing htis problem before proceeding. Maybe they can weld it back and retap if necessary.

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According to, you must replace the whole control arm. Here is their procedure:
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