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Pleas tell me there's a trick to saving this control arm

Old 06-01-2019, 02:47 PM
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Default Pleas tell me there's a trick to saving this control arm

I was having a hard time putting the ball joint in and the arm was stiff and when I was pushing down on the arm so that the ball joint could slip into the hub piece the bushing did that...now,

the ball joint went in and all I have to do is reinstall the brakes and I'm done....but I want to know if there's a trick to pushing it down or do I have to get a new arm?
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Jack the hub/rotor up (like it's a normal load sitting on the ground) and see if it self corrects
Old 06-04-2019, 06:32 PM
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If the ball joint post is in the hole you might get lucky with jacking it in like Dell said. My issue was it was **** eyed and therefore jacking would not correct. I had a heck of a time working it to get it to go. So much so, I re injured my tennis elbow and my arm has hurt for the las six weeks. I redid all 4 bearings.

On the onther hand, I have also done this with the greatest of ease like it was nearly effortless. I was amazed.

I tried lots of pry bars but the angles and slope of the control arm and sub-frame makes this terrible to do. What I found that worked for me is a 36" pipe wrench opened up wide to put the jaws almost sideways to the contol arm to allow for lots of leverage to move the control arm down compressing the bushing. I think I ended up with one leg/knee on the pipe wrench and both hands manipulating the upper arm on and over the ball joint post. If that makes any sense.

Good luck
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