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Re: what tools needed to replace lower control arm (archive)

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Posted by jaydogboy on January 12, 2001 at 22:05:36:

In Reply to: what tools needed to replace lower control arms? posted by Scottie on January 12, 2001 at 21:04:04:

I'm doing this job tomorrow morning and I'm wondering if I need anything besides what's in my tool box. I think I need to get replacement locking nuts for the bushing end pivot, too, correct?


No special tools although if you are reusing the arms you would want to use a ball joint press, otherwise a couple of raps with the hammer should pop them. I assume you are replacing the arms because the ball joints are gone? Are you using a stock replacement arm and bushing? I would take this opportunity to upgrade the locator bushings with the 750i units. You can use a bearing press and have the old ones swapped out in a 1/2 hour. I had a local shop do mine, chump change. I used a 1/2" bolt, 2 washers and 2 nuts to "spread" the locator bushing mounts so tht the wider bushings would fit. A torque wrench should be used on the ball joint end, check the Bentley for specs.

Good luck,

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