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Old 02-22-2010, 08:09 PM   #1
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Default installing front control arm (a arm)

well i just got my control arm, because i hav a bent arm right now.

is installing an a arm easy to install or should i let the professionals do it?
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Old 02-22-2010, 08:50 PM   #2
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When we installed new front lower control arms the biggest problem was removing the two bolts that hold the steering rack in place.

It is necessary to move the rack out of the way to get one of the front control arm bolts out.

steps 4 and 5 in this file cover the work

http://iihs.net/fsm/?dir=61&viewfile=Lower Arm.pdf
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When we installed new front lower control arms the biggest problem was removing the two bolts that hold the steering rack in place.

It is necessary to move the rack out of the way to get one of the front control arm bolts out.

steps 4 and 5 in this file cover the work

http://iihs.net/fsm/?dir=61&viewfile=Lower Arm.pdf
So you have to remove bolt 3 on each side of the steering rack and move it out of the way in order to remove bolt 2? I'm referring to the bolt numbers in the Ford shop manual.
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So you have to remove bolt 3 on each side of the steering rack and move it out of the way in order to remove bolt 2? I'm referring to the bolt numbers in the Ford shop manual.
Correct and the two bolt 3's are tough to get at and tight. We got one out the first day and then left it and got the second one out the next day.

My car was only about a month old so they weren't rusted or anything.
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DO NOT REMOVE YOUR STEERING RACK!!!!!! You don't have to.
1. Remove the Tie Rod ends from the spindles.
2. Turn the wheel all the way to one side.
3. Move the tie rod end as for forward(to the front of the car) as possible
4. Wiggle said bolt out of hole.
5 Relish in the time you saved.

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DO NOT REMOVE YOUR STEERING RACK!!!!!! You don't have to.
1. Remove the Tie Rod ends from the spindles.
2. Turn the wheel all the way to one side.
3. Move the tie rod end as for forward(to the front of the car) as possible
4. Wiggle said bolt out of hole.
5 Relish in the time you saved.

Your welcome.
What does turning the wheel with the tie rod end removed do for you?
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It moves the tie rod out of the way so you can remove the front LCA bolt.
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thank you everybody imma get to this sometime soon. when i hav time to do this and take it to the alignment shop. hope for the better
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I swapped mine in about 2 hours with breaks. The most difficult part, doing it all by myself, was holding the spindle while trying to relocate the balljoint back in. That spindle is much heavier than it looks!!

I looked over some instructions that showed pics of the steering rack bolts coming out from underneath but they actually come out from above. There was enough room to get a socket up in there so no problem.

I tried moving that tie-rod end as far forward as I could get it and the boot still interfered with bolt removal. The two rack bolts came out easy enough and you just have to move the rack about 1'' to gain clearance so no biggie.
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