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Old March 8th, 2010, 10:06 PM   #1
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Need help with lower control arm removal


alright guys, so after my fair share of inhaling WD40 and brake cleaner i decided to call it a night.

no but really, i have the nuts removed from the front and rear LCA bolts, but can't seem to get the bolts out. the spring is out and the stock LCA is the only thing stopping me from finishing my suspension.

i can't seem to get the front bolt to budge at all:




but i managed to get the rear bolt going a bit. it's out about 2 inches but won't go any further. i got it to that point buy prying it with a crowbar while using the impact wrench on it, but like i said it wont go any further. i think if i could get a screwdriver to the end of it, i could probably just whack it wicked hard with a hammer and bust it out, but the rear brake assembly is in the way.







any help is GREATLY appreciated.
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so it wont come out any farther?
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i can't get it out any further by myself. tomorrow i'm going to see if one of my friends can lend me an extra set of hands. i figure if i'm prying it with both hands while someone is using an impact wrench on it it might keep going. i'm also going to go buy some serious penetrating oil tomorrow and see how it goes.

if that doesn't work i'm buying a grinder and cutting the stock LCA out.
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well soak it for awhile first. You could get a metal bar and hammer and hit the washer on the bolt heas side.
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PB blaster. I had the same problem on one of the bolts for my K but I just had to preload it again but it seems youve already thought of that
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how much can you wiggle the LCA where it sits? What happens when you use the jack to press up on the LCA right at the bolt and let off again? Why is your exhaust still in, and how do you expect to get that long-ass front LCA bolt out with the muffler right in the way?
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screw the wd40. get some pb plaster...

and i thank goodness for not living up north!
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make sure that its not binding up and take a hammer and hit it out.
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yeah, i think i'm going to have to drop the catback in order to get that front bolt out.

and i know it's not binding (thank god) because i can hit it back to where it was before and hit it back to that position in the picture.

im going to get some legit pb blaster today and give it another shot
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i had kind of the same issue when i did my uppers & lowers last year. i turned it with a ratchet while pulling on the bolt. that got to be a pain in the ass real quick, so i just got a punch and tapped the bolt out with a ball peen hammer. bolts came right out without any damage to the threads...
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oh, and i didn't remove my catback, either...
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VICTORY! well, sort of. i got that rear bolt out and am now working on the front. i got it out by repeatedly "moving" the bolt back and forth and spraying it with penetrating oil until it eventually came out. took about 45 minutes of doing this to get it out.




well now the front gets interesting, i can't remove the catback because it has been welded together (prior owner not my choice) so i have no decision other than to work around it. i managed to get my stock scissor jack in between the catback and floor board, and actually give myself valuable clearance to get to that top bolt.


and i somehow managed to get my impact wrench above the muffler and onto that front bolt.


it spins, but unfortunately it's not backing out. i have a friend that's going to stop by after school to lend me a hand. i figure if i'm hitting it with an impact gun and he's hitting the end of the bolt with a hammer it should start working its way out of there.

HOPEFULLY i can get this done today and test it out.
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WOW talk about rust
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WOW talk about rust
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i have a friend that's going to stop by after school to lend me a hand. i figure if i'm hitting it with an impact gun and he's hitting the end of the bolt with a hammer it should start working its way out of there.

HOPEFULLY i can get this done today and test it out.
You have the nuts off, now its just stuck. Just beat it out with a hammer. Theres no threads left to work the bolt out of.

Wouldnt be a bad idea to get some new bolts with all that rust you got while your at it.
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soak and re soak with the PB blaster that stuff is insane.... just gotta give it time to work its magic..
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Originally Posted by mrbigjeep View Post
screw the wd40. get some pb plaster...

and i thank goodness for not living up north!
+1 moved away from the Northeast 12 years ago and I will only go back to visit. The southeast is just better no snow, no heating bills, not as much rust, all the hustle and bustle that is all around, all in all just a better place to live IMO.
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<<< originally from Long Island Ny..... will never move back

I love it here!!!!!!!!!!!!! the Beaches not medical waste and still can drive 5 hrs and go snow boarding in BOONE NC
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Thank god im in Florida now if the under side of my car looked like that i would cry...

At least you won the fight and got the sucker out of there a Hammer and a punch should have done the trick, and while your at the store next time pick up some PB Blaster, thats all ill ever use!
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