Lower Control arm replacement

Discussion in 'Gen 1 & 2 - Suspension, Brake Systems, & Body' started by Bill Mc, Jan 28, 2018.

  1. Bill Mc

    Bill Mc SHO Member

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    Hi guys - I'm in the middle of replacing front struts and I decided to do the lower control arms as well. I have the LCA free from the subrame and the nut removed from the tension strut on the LCA. However, the arm is completely stuck to the tension strut rod. This was a rusty car. I'm assuming it is just stuck or am I missing something? I was banging at it with a mallet. Should I try heat, perhaps? I can destroy the bushings, I guess, since I'm replacing the LCA. Anybody run into this?
    Thanks, Bill
     
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    You need a 5 lb hammer and enough room to get a good swing. Nothing comes off easily. I would soak it in oil and heat it mercilessly.
    There is probably a special puller type gizmo, but the heavy hammer is your friend. Shine up the parts that have to move with a wire wheel before you start.

    The cushioning part of the bushing works against you when you are trying to remove it.
     
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    thanks for the input. Prior to your response I was thinking of pulling off the whole strut rod from the front of subframe and giving it a whack off the car. But, I don't about how easy it would be to pull that strut rod off, anyway...i keep spiraling deeper!!
     
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    Those strut rods are a royal PITA. Glad I did the gen III subframe upgrade and got rid of that nuisance.
     
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    oh man, you are right. I just got one off. I pulled the whole tension rod out of the subframe (also a PITA), then put it in my vise and started turning the LCA back and forth and finally it came loose. Lots of rust in there. Now I need to buy some new tension rod bushings too.
     
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    or just do the Gen3 swap and be rid of the whole mess...
     
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