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Old 19 Mar 2012, 10:45 am
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Hi is it difficult to remove the rear control arm bolt (the vertical bolt) with just a breaker bar? Also does it need to be torqued at 180 ft lbs? I have a beam style torque wrench but it only goes to 70 ft lbs.
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Old 19 Mar 2012, 11:00 am
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I never use a torque wrench...I use a ratchet with a 1" x 16" pipe at the end for that bolt
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Old 19 Mar 2012, 11:05 am
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Mine was rusted solid (bad winters over here). Had to make a cut in the chassis to get to the nut. The other one came out with heat and breaker bar. Not a job I look forward to again! Use lots of penetrating fluid first.
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Old 19 Mar 2012, 11:51 am
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Thanks guys, looks tough to loosen. I'll def give that a try. Need to get some more PB Blaster too.
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Old 19 Mar 2012, 02:01 pm
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That was the hardest bolt I've ever loosened;
After they came loose, there were the problem of the spacer rusted to the bolt.
In short, if you have Winter's Like Dave and Minnesota do, and the car is old, find a discount liquor store.
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Old 19 Mar 2012, 02:33 pm
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Good advice. I was going to change my front struts at the same time but got put off doing it because of the hassle with the control arms! Still havent done them! Hope they are easier!
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Old 19 Mar 2012, 03:11 pm
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I used a 1/2" breaker bar on mine and they both came right out.
My car started life on L.I. Before we moved to NC, so it's not like it never saw winters...
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Old 19 Mar 2012, 09:31 pm
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LOL yeah I'll make sure I'm stocked up. Then afterwards when I'm done, I can celebrate

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Hi is it difficult to remove the rear control arm bolt (the vertical bolt) with just a breaker bar? Also does it need to be torqued at 180 ft lbs? I have a beam style torque wrench but it only goes to 70 ft lbs.
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I never use a torque wrench...I use a ratchet with a 1" x 16" pipe at the end for that bolt
A pipe on a breaker bar works better. It easier on the ratchet. The key here is the pipe!
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