I have a 1996 Chevy Blazer.
The bracket or 'mount' to the lower control arm broke that connects to
the front torsion bar.
I am replacing the whole arm.
I have a lower arm replacement.
I see the arm is attached with two bolts to the frame (front and
The bottom of the shock absorber is mounted to the control arm.
As is the front torsion bar. (That is the bracket/mount that is
And the lower ball joint.
There does appear cleanace for removel of the lower ball joint.
My question is, can somone give advice on removal of lower ball joint
and lower control arm assembly.
I have replaced the front drive units on chevy trucks by have never
replaced a lower control arm.
I do not consider myself a 'mechanic' but am learning.
Any help would be appreciated.
On Aug 13, 11:33 am, firstname.lastname@example.org wrote:
Jack it up, CAREFULLY back off the bolt for the torsion bar to release
the pressure on it, take the bar out of the lower control arm, remove
the lower shock mount, seperate the ball joint from the spindle with a
fork, than remove the bolts holding the control arm in. You will need
to have the ball joint pressed out and the new one pressed in with a
hydralic press. Assemble in reverse order.
what AZ said, ditto.
Add to it......measure the "ride height" of the truck on BOTH sides
BEFORE you take the tension off the torsion bar, it will help you
after reinstalling everything. The ride height will affect the camber
noticably and caster somewhat. Anytime you mess with the suspension
for whatever reason, you're supposed to have the vehicle aligned.
It's up to you. It's your tire money, not mine.
push down on the front bumper to settle the frontend into position,
take a measurement at the CENTER of the front or rear controll arm
bolts, and reset the height after you're done. If the body bushings
the truck are good, not sagging or squashed, you can take the
at the CENTER, top, front wheel openings.
other than that........
what AZ said, ditto.
~takes a sip of his shroom juice....mmmmm.....good stuff~
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