replacing control arm on Ford 1990 escort

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I have a bad balljoint on a 1990 ford escort. Are there any tricks to getting the lower control arm pivit bolt out? I can remove the nut but the bolt seems to be seized to the bushing. I tried beating on it with a hammer, but no luck. I am thinking about drilling the arm and try breaking it out. Any other ideas?

posted by  largevan

Depends on the car. Sometimes the bushing has moved on the bolt and worn a groove in it so the bolt won't slide out. Sometimes they rust together so well that you have to cut the control arm apart with a torch to get it off. Sometimes if you work the bolt with a wrench long enough you can get it to break free.. Or break apart the bushing which leads you back to the disection plan. Good luck.

posted by  vwhobo

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