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Old 01-29-2011, 03:27 PM
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Lower control arm removal

Can anybody tell me how to get the rotor assy off to remove the lower control arm? I tried search, but its not workin on my phone.
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Old 01-29-2011, 03:28 PM
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I've removed ball joint bolts, tie rod bolt, I just can't get the thing off. I've jacked it up under the arm and beat on it, let all pressure off and beat on it... im just lost.
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Old 01-29-2011, 04:09 PM
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the ball joints and tie rods are off or just the nuts off? You have to take the sway bar off too.

If they are all off the spindle will come off...after the spindle is off the bots to remove the control arm are at the back
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Old 01-29-2011, 05:41 PM
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Just the bolts. I took the sway bar off, but the spindle is still stuck. Tie rods are off too.
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Old 01-29-2011, 05:43 PM
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You need to beat the ball joints loose, they're pressed in there. Just taking the nuts off won't do it.
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Old 01-29-2011, 05:50 PM
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That's what I thought.... how would I get the ball joint back in after I've beat it into submission?
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Old 01-29-2011, 05:58 PM
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Hit up from the bottom with a big hammer being careful not to damage the threads. Maybe have a buddy with a pry bar somewhere at the same time. You could actually leave the nut loose on the end so you can beat that, you can always get a new castle nut if you mess that up.
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Beat it off and then beat it back on, I guess. Thanks for the help fellas.
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I wouldn't recommend hitting the threads with anything... even if you are careful you can damage the threads and then you'll be really pissed. They are not pressed in it's just a tapered shaft.... take 2 big hammers and hit both sides of the spindle where the ball joint goes into it. You may have to use a ball joint fork as well to keep pressure on it, but it will pop right out this way
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Yea I'd just leave the nut on the end until it breaks loose so you can't hurt the threads.
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Yea I'd just leave the nut on the end until it breaks loose so you can't hurt the threads.
you can still goon it up... I've seen it a bunch of times, just not something I'd recommend unless your gonna replace the ball joints while your in there (which probably isn't a bad idea)
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Just take a BFH and hit the shit out of the side of knuckle were the ball joint goes in, that has never failed for me! It usually doesn't take that many whacks!
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Changing both ball joints while I'm there. Also noticed my sway bar end links were shot. Gotta replace those as well. I beat it pretty good with a rubber mallet and only managed to loosen the upper ball joint. I believe I can beat up on the upper control arm and down on the spindle and it'll come loose.

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A rubber mallet isn't the ideal tool lol.... your kinda wasting energy.

You need two mini sledge hammers... smash both sides of where the ball joint goes into the spindle at the same time and it will pop right out
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Yes, use a real hammer! Your not going hurt anything!
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