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Old 08-22-2011, 09:03 AM   #1
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Replacing the lower control arm(s) help

My sister needs the driver's side front done for sure on her 2000 9-3se. Local mechanic says book time is 2.4hrs. Sounds really off to me though i've never changed one. Any words of wisdom or tutorials out there? Is it just a few bolts and a ball joint?
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Old 08-22-2011, 09:07 AM   #2
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Disconnect sway bar link,loosen stanchion arm bolt,loosen control arm bolt..The tricky part is breaking loose the ball joint from the housing.. But since your replacing it anyway you dont have to be careful and you can just about use any method to free it loose.. id use this eEuroparts - Ball Joint & Tie Rod Seperator Tool - # A410

or just use a big sledgehammer and keep hitting the joint till it frees loose
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Disconnect sway bar link,loosen stanchion arm bolt,loosen control arm bolt..The tricky part is breaking loose the ball joint from the housing.. But since your replacing it anyway you dont have to be careful and you can just about use any method to free it loose.. id use this eEuroparts - Ball Joint & Tie Rod Seperator Tool - # A410

or just use a big sledgehammer and keep hitting the joint till it frees loose
Pretty much this. Supposedly the sway bar endlinks are prone to snapping, but mine was fine when I did the job. I replaced them anyway (with poly bushings, still only like $30 total), but ymmv. Loosen the stanchion arm where it connects to the subframe, this gives you some more wiggle when you're trying to get the torx bolt out of the control arm/stanchion arm bushing. If the balljoint starts to rotate as you're trying to get the nut off, stick a jack under that end of the arm to apply some upward pressure.
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Here are some pretty great write-ups with photos, glhf.
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if you never changed one its time to. http://www.thesaabsite.com/Saab%2090...eplacement.htm is a good one.
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Easy enough if you read the write up and put everything back as you found it. Just buy a new swaybar end link, on the off chance it breaks.
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Easy enough if you read the write up and put everything back as you found it. Just buy a new swaybar end link, on the off chance it breaks.
For sure ^^^ Both of mine snapped when I did them.
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For sure ^^^ Both of mine snapped when I did them.
I was a cheap bastard on a budget when I did mine, and only had one new end link. I got lucky the other didnt break. Now it just clunks, haha.
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Is it possible to just replace the bushing?
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