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Driver side lower control arm, striped bolt.

Minor accident with driver side front wheel damage, lower control are bent, upon attempting to remove the control arm the front 4" fastener bolt will turn but not screw out or tighten back in. Is there a nested nut on the inside the subframe housing that may have broke loose from its weld and is prohibiting the removal or tightening ? How can I get this bolt out without a subframe rebuild? Any sugestions ?


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  • joncrane Aug 27, 2008

    I have a very similar problem albeit with a 2002 Suzuki Esteem. Basically lost a wheel, rode on the ball joint and front lower control arm bracket. Had a hell of a time getting the bolt out--it was seized to the inner sleeve of the bushing so bad. I ended up burning and burning the rubber and shocking it with water and finally it came free of the sleeve.

    The front flange of the bracket is totally distorted now. I'm trying to get the bolt back in but it's a doozy.

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    control arm bracket attatched at frame in front broken but support is welded is there a replacement part for that



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