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Old 06-23-2014, 11:20 AM   #1
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Replacing lower control arm

Hi,

I have tried to replace the lower control arm on my Saab 9-3 99. I have successfully loosened the control arm from the subframe. But I am not able to loosen the ball joint.

I can see that it is a bolt on the upper side og the ball joint. Do I need to remove this bolt before I can loosen the joint? I hav etried hitting the joint with a hammer, and used a pickle fork, but it wont move. That is why I decided to post a message here before i risk breaking something. Hope someone can help me out.
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Old 06-23-2014, 05:09 PM   #2
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Did you take the nut off of the ball joint? If so I pry down on the control arm and hit the ball joint with a hammer and it usually pops out.
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Since you are replacing it, do what it takes to remove it. I tend to get a pickle fork in there tight between the lower part of the spindle and the upper part of the arm, then attempt to undo the nut.

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