[200q20v] Re Control Arm Replacement Help!

Derek Pulvino dbpulvino at hotmail.com
Sun Jun 3 13:32:05 EDT 2001


Had a problem with the same when doing similar work on my car.  I had the 
car totally off the ground, and was able to get it all back together using 
just brute force, swearing, and persevearance.  I think  I might have had 
the front mounts to the subframe off on the swaybar when trying to put the 
ends in, and used a floor jack to push the front of the swaybar up when I 
was done mounting to the control arm.  Also heard the cumalong idea, that I 
think is the prize winner.  I unfortunately hadn't thought or heard of that 
idea before my rebuild.

Another thing I did, kind of boneheaded but...make sure you put the washers 
back on the swaybar to control arm mounting the correct way.  For some 
reason it made sense to put them on concave side in-cup the bushings and 
all; unfortunately, don't think that would allow too much movement though.

Have fun!

Derek P

Message: 4
From: "Calvin & Diana Craig" <calvinlc at earthlink.net>
To: <200q20v at audifans.com>
Date: Sat, 2 Jun 2001 17:57:19 -0600
Subject: [200q20v] Control Arm Replacement Help!

OK guys, my weekend project was to change the control arms on my TQ.  Well,
everything went pretty well, as well as anything like this ever does, except
for the fact that I can't get the swaybar back through the hole in the
control arm.  Right now I've got one side totally done and bolted back up,
and on the other side I have the ball joint on, I have the frame rail bolt
in but not tight, and I have the tip of the swaybar through the hole; but
because of the fact that the swaybar is "sprung" (i.e. under compression
when it is all bolted together), I can't get enough oomph to push this thing
inboard so that it can get totally through the hole.  I tried pulling it
through with just the washer and the nut that holds the bushing into place,
but as soon as I loosen the washer again it goes right back to the same
place.  Anybody out there have experience with this?  Oh yeah, I forgot to
add that the swaybar mounts to the subframe are loose but not off totally, I
tried taking them off totally but then I couldn't get the swaybar back up to
the body to bolt them on.  Any help would be appreciated.  Thanks.


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