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Old 10-06-2013, 11:25 AM   #1
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Hey guys, doing my lowering springs and I did the front and now I'm on the back.

The cars on the jack stands and I removed the rear sway bar and tires (obviously ha) but I'm having trouble with the bolt that connects the lower control arm and the shock.

I know you're supposed to jack up the LCA to relieve tension on the bolt but I dont know HOW much you need to jack it up. I've been trying and it seems like there is always tension on it. I have the nut off but the bolt is stuck in there pretty much.


Please help guys haha it's raining out and cold here in Maine. Thank you!
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place your jack under the control arm and raise the jack just enough to put solid tension on the LCA (jack in the middle of the LCA). Now remove the bolt securing the housing and LCA. Once the bolt is removed, SLOWLY lower the jack down, letting all the tension off the spring, and remove the spring.
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why'd you remove the rear sway? when i do the rears on all my cars i put a jack under the pumpkin...lift it...then just unbolt the shock from the LCA...then use the jack to lower the rear down.
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place your jack under the control arm and raise the jack just enough to put solid tension on the LCA (jack in the middle of the LCA). Now remove the bolt securing the housing and LCA. Once the bolt is removed, SLOWLY lower the jack down, letting all the tension off the spring, and remove the spring.
I've been going by these instructions but I dont know how much "solid tension" is haha. This may be a stupid question but I feel like im jacking too much because it starts to lift the car and everything. Is that too much?

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why'd you remove the rear sway? when i do the rears on all my cars i put a jack under the pumpkin...lift it...then just unbolt the shock from the LCA...then use the jack to lower the rear down.
I'm not sure but that sounds a lot easier haha just going by the write up on AM and a youtube video I used for the front springs.

Sorry for the stupid questions guys but thanks for the quick responses!!!
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if i could find it i had a full write up i did with pictures...

but here's a vid doing it the way you're trying...maybe it'll make things easier

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if i could find it i had a full write up i did with pictures...

but here's a vid doing it the way you're trying...maybe it'll make things easier

Yeah thats the video I'm using, thanks its a good one. Just can't seem to relieve the tension off the bolt. What do you mean by jacking the pumpkin up? Isn't that above the differential? How do you get to it haha. I gave up for today, to wet and cold out. Thanks again guys, please keep the help coming
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They way I do rear springs is by unbolting the shocks and driveshaft and just lowering it that way. My LCA bolt was rusted into it's metal collar so there was no way it was coming out short of an air hammer.
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