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Old 12-18-2008, 01:20 PM
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I'm trying to change my control arm since I was in an accident that completely destroyed it. Is there any special tools I need to use because I can't seem to get the bolts that are on the inside off.
 
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Old 12-18-2008, 04:24 PM
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The ones that go through the subframe to the control arm?
 
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Old 12-18-2008, 08:34 PM
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pictures below
 
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Old 12-18-2008, 08:36 PM
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Yes, that is the one.

As you can see from the pictures the control arm is messed up.

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It's the ones that you have to remove the plastic from the bottom of the car to get to them... yes the ones on the subframe as you can see below.
 
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Old 12-18-2008, 10:21 PM
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anyone? wanna get to it before the snow
 
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i looked in the vadis, its kinda weird, those bolts ar eput in from the opposite side, the part is called the limiter roll

to be honest with you the pictures in vadis make no sense to me, but from what i can tell the car must be lifted and those bolts are take out from the opposite side (inside) not the side you are looking at it.. i think thats kinda obvious though ... why cant you take them out from the last pic looks like you can get an open ended wrench in there
 
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Old 12-18-2008, 10:38 PM
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I'm not strong enough lol. Is there anyway i can break it loose easily? I've been trying but it wont budge
 
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lol

at least you admit it

1) heating and cooling rapidly will expand/contract the metal and thus break it free . since it looks like you are working on grass (!) you may not have acess to a torch, you CAN buy a small portable torch at your local fastener, industrial supplier place. or a product callled Loctite Freeze & Release may help, it cools the part down to -15C within seconds so you can budge the bolt
2) breaker bar
3)put a wrench on the bolt and hit the wrench with a hammer, smaller more controlled hits accomplish things better
4)eat some super power macaroni lol

hope it helpsk, let me know
 
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Old 12-19-2008, 07:35 AM
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I use an offest box end wrench to break them loose.
Since everything is apart if all else fails lay down and use your feet to push on the wrench to break it loose.
 
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Old 12-19-2008, 01:35 PM
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I'll try to get it off today using both of your methods. We were just hit with a big snow storm so idk if I'll get out today or tom.
 
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Old 12-27-2008, 03:10 PM
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Ok. I finally got the bad control arm off and switched it with the new one. An offset wrench did the trick. Im almost ready to put the tire on I'm just waiting for my ball joint and sway bar link to come in.. Thanks alot for your help.

 
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