Upper Control Arm

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Upper Control Arm

Postby fasteddie » Fri May 19, 2017 3:20 pm

'89 2WD gas. Just gave up on removing the pivot arm bolts that go through the shock tower. 24" breaker bar was no go. I just want to verify from someone who has taken these off. There is a "nut plate" (that's what the Chilton illustration calls it) on the back where the bolts screw into. Are those nuts welded to that plate (looks that way in the picture) or separate and must be removed from behind (say it ain't so)? I have been trying to break the bolts free from the outside with no luck. Time to dig up an impact wrench I guess.
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Re: Upper Control Arm

Postby Pupfocused » Mon May 22, 2017 5:26 pm

On the earlier 81-86 the nuts are welded on the bar. I would assume that the new models are the same

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Re: Upper Control Arm

Postby puttputtinpup » Mon May 22, 2017 6:32 pm

I would have grabbed the impact 1st. I have a compressor and air impact but my son got me a DeWalt 18v 1/2" impact for Christmas a couple years ago. I love love that thing
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Re: Upper Control Arm

Postby fasteddie » Tue May 23, 2017 8:09 pm

OK, thanks.
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Re: Upper Control Arm

Postby fasteddie » Sat May 27, 2017 7:37 pm

puttputtinpup wrote:I would have grabbed the impact 1st. I have a compressor and air impact but my son got me a DeWalt 18v 1/2" impact for Christmas a couple years ago. I love love that thing


Yep, picked up an Earthquake impact wrench at HF, knocked those bolts right out. I couldn't believe how clean the bolts were, bright and shiny as the day they were put in 28 years ago except for the 1/2" of exposed thread that protruded out the back and that was only surface rust. I'll be needing this tool for the other work I have lined up. I ain't got the muscle I used to have to be using a breaker bar.
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Re: Upper Control Arm

Postby puttputtinpup » Sat May 27, 2017 8:59 pm

I have a HF earthquake the broke a tough nut.loose that an IR and campbell hausfeld wouldn't touch
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