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Old 05-26-2006, 11:16 AM   #1
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I asked awhile back about tie rod ends and was told its not a really difficult job. On to the next part.. I -might- have a slightly bent control arm. I'm going to take a better look after work today. If so, I want to replace it myself if possible.

The question is, has anyone done this on the club yet? How difficult? Special tools? How many beer job?

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Depending on how bent, that may factor a lot in.

The bolts are huge and have typically been in for a long time.. tough to get out.... I mean 16lbs of sledge and still not budging tough.

Done some with Mechanic Dan ... typcially it'* ugly. However...once in a while..you get lucky.
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Here'* a thread where Bandit replaced (or had replaced) a left rear control arm. After reading it, it does sound like Doppleganger has done it also.

Broken Lower Control Arm
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For a control arm, id be tempted to take it some were, unless you have some high powerd impact gun and a compressor..you MAY also need a tool to drive the old Control arm bushings out.
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Front or rear control arm?

I've dismantled suspension parts from at least 3 cars. Bolts were tight... snapped a socket or two. Bill'* impact gun made a big difference in removing the bolts in extreme cases (strut to knuckle bolts) but was able to muscle out the ones prior to using the air tools.

I couldn't get the bushings out myself so I took the arms to a shock/strut/alignment shop. They charged me like $45 to remove the bushings and ball joints on both front control arms. Saved a big headache.

I have both front control arms and subframe (93) and a left rear control arm/strut assembly (97) if your are looking for replacement parts.
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