I'm removing the 2 Lower Control Arms in my front end. Iv'e read in my Chilton Manual (which I know I probably shouldn't use haha) It stated that there seemed to be this device used to keep the Upper Control Arm up and in place or something like that.
This is gonna be my first time removing Lower Control Arms so if any one here can guide me how to do, tips, or any help would be appretiated.
Put the front end in the air and support the car body on jack stands.
Remove the front tires.
Disconnect the front sway bar end links on both sides.
Placing a floor jack under the ball joint of the left lower control arm, raise
the arm slightly. You will note that as you raise the arm, distance increases
between the frame rail and the bottom of the upper control arm.
You will be wedging something between the upper arm and the frame rail to
keep the upper arm elevated. Two rules-
1) Use something that doesn't compress
2) Go the absolute minimum when raising the arm, the higher you go, the
more energy is in the spring.....and the greater the danger.
I like to support the upper arm with a 1/2" drive Craftsman socket extension-
the 6" length is just about perfect. Wedge the extension in a manner in which
IT WILL NOT SLIP OUT.
Lower the floor jack.... your lower arm on that side is now unloaded and ready
to be removed. If you're smacking the spindle to remove the lower arm's ball
joint, remember that the spring has lots of energy and only the shock is keeping
the spring from exiting the car if the upper arm drops down.