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post #1 of 20 (permalink) Old 03-31-14, 08:17 PM Thread Starter
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Lower control arms...

Hi you all...
Just a simple question... I own a 1996 mgm and I'm in the process of replacing some suspension components. Is it possible to remove the lower control arms without the use of spring compressors? Basically using the old arm to decompress and the new arm to compress the spring using a floor jack. Does this sound doable but, more than anything "SAFE". Any suggestions are welcome or if there is a thread related to this can you guys link me to it. Thanks. Pancholin.

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We've used a floor jack to remove them. Just set the jack in a solid spot under it.

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We've used a floor jack to remove them. Just set the jack in a solid spot under it.
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So, I should not worrie about spring catapulting itself and using my face as a stopping device? Just joking!!! Thanks again.
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Re: Lower control arms...

Thanks R.S.LOGAN. Actually I was using this as my instructions but, nowhere they mention the use of spring compressor's. I only wanted to confirm this with you guys! Now I feel more confident about doing this without ending in a hospital with a plastic surgeon.
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You'll be fine
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Well, yes the spring did not came out flying......yeah!!! But, now I'm not able to set the spring into the arm so I can raise the arm up. One thing after another, first I could not take it out now, I can not put it in. Should have paid somebody to do it!!!! Well, good !earning experience. But, how did you guys get the arm up?
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If you set the spring in the spot, turned properly, with the jack under the arm, raise the arm up and put the ball joint back in place. Should go right back in.

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If you set the spring in the spot, turned properly, with the jack under the arm, raise the arm up and put the ball joint back in place. Should go right back in.
Thanks Bert,
Will try on Monday, will use Sat. and Sun. to recuperate from today. Took me nearly 6 hrs. to separate the right hand side one and playing trying reassembly. Hard to do working at floor level, alone and no really a whole lot of experience.
Thanks again.
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When I do them, I set the jack under the control arm and as I set the spring in place, I pull the jack out toward the outside a little and then raise it up. Have the jack slightly up so when you lift the arm by hand a little, the jack can be moved outward. I can't say about the tool as I never used one on these.

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