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Old April 29th, 2011, 03:06 PM   #1
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Just (right now) doing upper and lower front. Np with the front control are bolt but the back control bolt will not move. Nut is off. what gives?
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do I just need to pound it more? The end it starting to get flat/

Plus anty tips on what would make this go better?
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what really needs to be taken off.

i have a press .
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Why are you taking the control arms off?

I just did mine on my '03 Sierra and did them all with the control arms still on.
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I am assuming he is using a stand alone press, which is why he is taking them off.

It is easier to just go to advance and rent a ball joint tool. Then just push the upper control arms down enough to get the ball joint tool on it and go from there. That is how i did mine and it worked great.
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can I leave them on.
Could be I read to many manuals.
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That is exactly what i used. It is a bit tricky putting the new ones in with the adapters that come with just the basic kit but i did mine that way. With the bolts loose you should be able to pry the upper control arms down enough so that your inner wheel well is not in your way.

If you still having clearance issues then if you do not already have the jack stands on the frame so the suspension can droop a bit more that may help.

All the manuals i read said to remove them too but i think they are assuming your using a floor press and not a ball joint tool. Or when they make these manuals none of the bolts are seized so they can get crap apart easier.
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thanks, Its looks like the only manual i needed to read was the one i did not.
I have used the press a bunch. But on u joints.
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Good luck it was not too bad for me once i figured out the best adapter combo to use with the joints.
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X2 on taking off the control arms? Are those ball joints pressed in or are they the standard rivet type? When I did my ball joints I used the pickle fork on the lower ball joint first and the T-Bar pressure helped separate it, then just separate the top one...I just don't get why you would need to remove the control arm unless you are going to replace those bushings?

PS: If it is the lower control arm you are trying to remove you need to take all torque off the torsion bar and remove key first. If it still has any torque on it that would explain why you cant get the bolt out.
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