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Old 11-04-2009, 03:46 PM   #1
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Ok so a couple weeks ago I posted a thread about my clutch, after taking it to the shop they said it was thru.,so they replaced the clutch. And the swaying that I said in one of the other posts turns out to be a bad upper control arm. I didnt have this fixed yet due to financial problems but he said its something I can fix in the driveway. I think its the upper left in the back. Is this something that can be done without taking it to the shop? thanks
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I'm not sure what tools you have handy but it should be a easy job. These are the steps according to my Haynes Manual.
1. Loosen the lug nuts put the rear of the car on jack stands if you have them, block the front wheels
2. Use a floor jack if you have one to jack under the rear housing
3. Remove the upper arm-to-rear axle pivot bolt and nut
4. Remove the upper arm-to-frame pivot bolt and nut
5. Position the leading end of the new control arm in the frame bracket install pivot bolt and nut don't fully tighten nut yet
6. Attach the other end of the control arm to the axle housing
You should be done Torque both sets of bolts/nuts to 71-97 Ft-lbs.
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Re: easy fix?

If you can change a tire you shouldn't have much more trouble installing new control arms. A basic set of tools and a torque wrench (can rent one for cheap or free) and a jack and jack stands is all that is really needed.

The arms should be right there. If you are into performance than I'd suggest looking into some aftermarket ones, and maybe upgrade some of the bushings. Otherwise a stock control arm and new bushings will do just fine.

Haynes provides a great reference, however I always feel they are vague and sometimes does not include some of the changes from year to year. However just keep a good look at how everything goes together and you should be fine.
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