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Does ayone have the procedure to rplace lower controll arm on 2003 s60. looks simple enough just don't know bout any tension on front end

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I haven't had the pleasure to work on one of these yet, but if it has a strut, this will hold the spring in. If you have just a spring , then you have to get a spring compressor to remove the lower control arm. And like you said they are simple to do.

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