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Old 09-18-2006, 05:50 PM   #1 (permalink)
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my shaking problem: Lower control arm

Here is the story:
Since I got my car, its had a slight shaking problem. I knew it was either the bushings on the front right sway bar or the lower control arm. I took a look, and removed the wheel, and i am 100% sure its the ball joint on the lower control arm.

Problem: How do i remove the control arm? I did everything correctly and checked with the bently manual but i cannot remove the one bolt in the middle(the on which has a nut right next to the exhaust manifold)

How do I get this bolt off!?!?!?
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Not sure what you mean by one bolt in the middle. You mean the ball joint stud? or the sway bar link? Or the bushing?
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Sorry i wasnt clear (i took a picture but couldnt find the coord to my camera :-/)

I think it would be the ball joint stud...its not the one connected towards the wheel. It rests in a joint and is in the middle of the curvature.

i hope that paints a better picture
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That one sucks, you'll need a wrench that'll fit it (19mm if I remember right) and you'll only get about a 1/4 turn at a time, if it starts to spin, put the jack on it and jack it up so there is some weight on it so it'll stop spinning.
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