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Hello,<p>I'd like to replace both my lower control arms on the front of my R. Have 70k miles now, and the left, lower bushing is shot. <p>Has anyone attempted this repair? If so, did it require a spring compressor or any other fancy tools other than the sockets required to remove the arm from the subframe/steering knuckle? I'm not sure what will happen once I remove the lower control arms (will they be under pressure from the strut/spring, for example).<p>TIA,<br>Joe
 

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Re: Want to replace control arms and ball-joints, any tips? (JoeLvo)

While I have not done it yet on the R, those would be some nice instructions to have around if you can find them. <IMG NAME="icon" SRC="http://www.vwvortex.com/vwbb/confused.gif" BORDER="0"> <p>I've done it twice on my 98 V70 GLT. I don't see how much more different it can be. <p>Without an R manual in front of me, with the weight off the wheels, the coil spring should be fully extended and no tension on the arms. You only need a spring compressor if you are replacing your struts.<p>When you install the new control arms. There will probably be some position tightening required on the hardware after you tighten it to the required torque value. You definitely need those specs. <p>On the GLT, after torquing the hardware, you turn it another it 120 degrees.<p>Then I'd say get a four wheel alignment.
 

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Perfect. Thanks! <IMG NAME="icon" SRC="http://********************/smile/emthup.gif" BORDER="0"><p>Do you think the final turn (position) should be made with the suspension loaded, or is that not necessary?
 

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Re: Want to replace control arms and ball-joints, any tips? (JoeLvo)

I did it both times weight off the wheels.
 

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From older models. <p><A HREF="http://volvospeed.com/vs_forum/index.php?showtopic=67558" TARGET="_blank">http://volvospeed.com/vs_forum...67558</A><p>"Just want to add that the two inner control arm bolts should be re-installed but not tightened and torqued until the arm is raised to 'normal' riding height. This is so the control arm's rubber bushings is not stressed when the weight of the car puts the arm to the normal ride height."
 
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