There are two ways to remove the control arm from the car. One is to start by removing the control arm ball joint from the strut and then pull it out of the strut. Then remove the control arm bolts that secure it to the subframe. But this method puts too much stress on the control arm ball joint. Through research here on Volvospeed and Slater’s suggestion I came up with this slight modification to the procedure.
I began by first jacking up and placing the car on jackstands on both sides. I then removing the sway bar links from the strut this allowed me to move the strut more freely when I removed the control arm. Trust me this helps alot!!
Next I removed the blots that secure the control arm to the sub frame
Then I removed the bolt that connects control arm ball joint to the strut.
Once these three bolts are out one can easily remove the control arm without putting any stress on any component.
Edit: I wanted to add this addition from Alvin
"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."
Installation is the reverse of removal.
The bolts that secure the control arm to the subframe are torque to 51 ft*lbs and another 120 degrees.
The bolts that secure the control arm ball joint to the strut are torque to 37 ft*lbs
If you have a 93’ the ball joint can separate from the control arm and their bolts are torque to 13 ft*lbs and another 120 degrees.
Edited by Kashif, 08 April 2007 - 12:49 AM.