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post #1 of 3 Old 07-16-2017, 01:33 PM Thread Starter
CEOKINGCOBRA
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Lower control arm bushing wont fit help

So a family member replace my lower control arm and ran into some trouble. The bushing for the bolt and nut on the front passenger side control arm won't line up at all. This is the bolt and nut that goes vertically through the bushing. We're able to align and bolt the ball joint and the horizontal bolt across the ball joint but the bushing won't line up for the rear one. We couldn't use a screw driver to line it. We snapped the screwdriver.... We couldn't hammer the opening a bit more due to the steel being to strong and lack of space. It is wedged in there pretty good and the ball joint and the other bushing bolted in just fine. I drove it really slowly around the block and it seems fine.

My question is can I drive to a mechanic that is 20 min away without destroying my suspension/LCA/ something.

I don't have pictures since my phone was inside while we did this.

Please need help on this.... anything is appreciated

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post #2 of 3 Old 07-16-2017, 02:28 PM
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A missing bolt on a front control arm will make the vehicle unsafe to drive. The vehicle will tend to turn one way if you brake and the other if you accelerate. That's my experience at least, cause I had one replaced by a mechanic who left one bolt loose, which later came out. I was able to drive very slowly with 4 way flashers on until I got it back to the shop. At that point the mechanic just re-installed a new bolt and it was fine.
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post #3 of 3 Old 07-16-2017, 07:15 PM
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Did you try turni g the joint to fit tge bolt in the hole? Its safe to drive to a mwchanic, wouldnt auggest sriving much else where.
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