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post #1 of 7 (permalink) Old Apr 12th, 01, 11:06 AM Thread Starter
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I took both lower control arms to a shop to get the ball joints and bushings pressed out. I received them in damaged condition. Both arms are bent where the holes are for the bushings. It's hard to explain, but if I got the flanges straight again, would the control arms be fine to use?
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post #2 of 7 (permalink) Old Apr 12th, 01, 12:43 PM
 
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Yes, but what you got to do is use a steel rod (I believe 1/2")and run it through both bushing. It has to slide through both of them easily.

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They should have used a spacer between the A frame halves to prevent bending them.
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Thanks for the help, I never thought of the rod trough the two bushing holes.
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post #5 of 7 (permalink) Old Apr 12th, 01, 02:12 PM Thread Starter
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<BLOCKQUOTE>quote:</font><HR>Originally posted by davidpozzi:
They should have used a spacer between the A frame halves to prevent bending them.
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The funny thing is is that they didn't use a press, they used a hammer. The metal is all messed up; it looks like someone hit it with a big metal hammer because the metal has marks all over it; marks that only a hammer would do. Thanks for the reply.
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<BLOCKQUOTE>quote:</font><HR>Originally posted by davidpozzi:
They should have used a spacer between the A frame halves to prevent bending them.
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The funny thing is is that they didn't use a press, they used a hammer. The metal is all messed up; it looks like someone hit it with a big metal hammer because the metal has marks all over it; marks that only a hammer would do. Thanks for the reply.
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post #7 of 7 (permalink) Old Apr 13th, 01, 06:17 PM
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That shop sounds like a bunch of knuckleheads. Sounds like they don't do much suspension work.
I got real lucky when I brought my lower arms to have the old ball joints pressed out and my new ones installed. I had seriously bent one of the arms a while back when I had hit something in the road. Not only did the shop straighten it out for me at no charge, when I pulled out my wallet to pay for the rest of the work they told me "Don't worry about it". I was shocked!
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