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Lower Control Arm

I was involved in a minor accident and I cracked the lower control arm on the front driver side. I was wondering how hard this would be to fix on my own.

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Don't bother.If the lower control arm is cracked, it is a fair bet that the strut is bent. Even if the strut is not bent, you should have the alignment checked. The force of impact on this area to crack the arm can def be connected to other areas of extreme concern.

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I am trying to take the lower control arm on the passenger side of a 98 transport. The lower ball joint is being stubborn. I tried ball joint remover tool and not much room to work with and still dont


Lower Control Arm

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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.

WARNING 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


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Fig. Fig. 1: Exploded view of the control arm-to-frame mounting

  1. Raise the vehicle and suitably support by the frame allowing the control arms to hang free.
  2. Remove the wheel and tire assembly.
  3. Remove the steering gear outer tie rod from the steering knuckle.
  4. Remove the stabilizer shaft link from the control arm.
  5. Remove the front drive axle shaft nut and washer.
  6. Use a suitable front hub spindle removal tool to Push the axle splines back out of the front wheel drive shaft bearing.
  7. 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.
  1. Place a modified inner drive joint seal protector on the drive axle joints.
  2. If equipped, remove the ABS wheel speed sensor jumper harness.
  3. Remove and discard the cotter pin, then loosen the nut from the ball stud.
  4. Remove the pinch bolt and the control arm mounting bolts, then remove the control arm from the vehicle.

Apr 20, 2013 | Pontiac Cars & Trucks

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2002 honda accord rides hard over bumps and potholes little to no bounce what so ever and standing in front of the car the passenger side looks lower than the drivers side plus alignment is off. wondering...


It would be very tough to advise you without being able to inspect the car in person.
Bounce is controlled by the struts and shocks. If one side is lower than the other, the common cause is a weak spring on the strut.
If a control arm fails, the car usually drops to the ground.
I would take it to two different tire shops and get some estimates.

Sep 29, 2012 | 2002 Honda Accord

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How Labor intensive is it to replace the drivers side lower control arm? I had a shop tell me that the engine has to be removed, and 15 hours of labor are involved


I what to make sure this is correct, this is a 2004 lexus rx 330 and the shop said it was 15 hours to replace the lower control arm. This sounds crazy but it is ture, the engine and trans must be removed to replace the lower control arm, i would replace them both as the labor is only 1/2 hour more to do both,and it inculde an alignment in that time also. its a dumb design. hope this helps good day.

Nov 28, 2011 | 2004 Lexus RX 330

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How do I. Get the lower control arm off my 01 stratus


SAFELY RAISE SUPPORT VECHICLE ON JACK STANDS. MAKE VECHICLE SITTING ON LEVEL SOLID GROUND. REMOVE FRONT WHEELS , REMOVE HEAT SHIELD, IF EQUIPPED WITH 15 INCH WHEELS, REMOVE BALL JOINT CLAMP NUT, REMOVE SWAY BAR TO CONTROL ARM BOLTS, REMOVE STRUT CLEVIS FROM THE LOWER CONTROL ARM, REMOVE SWAY BAR TO CROSSMEMBER BOLTS LOOSEN THEM AND ROTATE THE SWAY BAR AWAY FROM THE CONTROL ARM, LOWER CONTROL ARM FROM STEERING KNUCKLE. REMOVE BOTH LOWER CONTROL ARM BOLTS. REMOVE CONTROL ARM. DURING INSTALLATION TORQUE LOWER CONTROL ARM BOLTS 120 FT LBS. CONTROL ARM STEERING KNUCLE TORQUE NUT 70 FT LBS.TORQUE SWAY BAR BOLTS 21 FT LBS.

May 23, 2011 | Dodge Stratus Cars & Trucks

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How to replace s500 control arms How much do they cost, and it there an additional ball joint. My mechanic tacked this on. I thing the control arm and ball joing is one unit.


To replace the lower control are you need to unbolt it from the subframe, airmatic strut, sway bar link and from the lower ball joint. The lower ball joint is separate from the lower control arm. The ball joint actually gets pressed into the steering knuckle. Then the lower control arm sits on top of the ball joint and gets bolted down. The lower control arms list price are about $330 each and the ball joints are around $78 each for oem mercedes parts. The total labor for both to be replaced is somewhere between 6-8 flag hours. The thrust arms are also part of the front suspension and those arms are one piece that have a ball joint as part of the arm. The lower control arm usually doesn't need to be replaced unless its damaged since the control arm bushings are available separately and are around $73 each side for the kit.

Oct 07, 2010 | 2003 Mercedes-Benz S-Class

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Need to know how to replace lower control arm


LOWER CONTROL ARM

REMOVAL
1) Raise and support vehicle. 3) Remove the steering knuckle.
Remove the bolts fastening the power steering cooler to the front suspension cradle crossmember reinforcement (Fig. 21). 5) 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.

6) 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. 7) Remove the pivot bolt attaching the front bushing of the lower control arm to the front suspension cradle crossmember. 8) Remove the lower control arm.

Sep 25, 2009 | 2006 Dodge Caravan

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Does the 2008 colbalt have a lower control arm and bushing on the front passenger side,If so why do the auto stores not sell them they say not a part for the 2008 colbalt


Auto part stores rarely even carry lower control arms for anything. If you need one your best bet is either the dealer or a local salvage yard, considering the age you should be able to find one in very good condition. Also check ebay I just found 2 drivers side ones there. Saturn Ion, Pontiac pursuit, and Pontiac G5 also use the same control arm. Depending on suspension option. check this link I found on ebay http://cgi.ebay.com/ebaymotors/2007-SATURN-ION-FRONT-LOWER-CONTROL-ARM-RH_W0QQcmdZViewItemQQ_trksidZp3286Q2em20Q2el1116QQhashZitem4cea7ab3a7QQitemZ330351424423QQptZMotorsQ5fCarQ5fTruckQ5fPartsQ5fAccessories

Aug 19, 2009 | 2008 Chevrolet Cobalt

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Lower Control Arm Bushing replacement


Hi,
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!
JOEVETTE

Feb 10, 2009 | 1998 Buick Century

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Driver side lower control arm, striped bolt.


can you email me a picture of the area ur talking about? blue_dragon45801@yahoo

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