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Is alignment needed after replacing upper control arms?

ABSOLUTELY Yes, when you do any major work to the front suspension, you need to have the alignment done. Even though the parts are "basically" the same, they are not exact. Newer parts will be ...
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Extremely over tightened pinch bolt, how to remedy?

Replace bolt and nut Likely, there's no damage to the control arm. 70 to 40 is a big jump, but not likely extremely damaging, in my opinion. However, I would definitely replace the bolt: putting ...
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Using nylon lock-nuts in place of traditional slotted nuts & a cotter pin

You really need to find slotted (castle) nuts for the application. The specific reason for this is, castle nuts have a positive stop (the cotter pin). It is nearly impossible for these to spin off ...
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Upper vs Lower Control Arms

Suspensions that use upper and lower control arms are plenty. They are found in much more than trucks. Sports cars often have these types of suspensions because they can have lower unsprung weight ...
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Impossible to separate ball joint

I would recommend you a ball joint puller. Sooner or later you will need to remove a ball joint without replacing it, so a pickle fork is out of the question. Heating the control arm sounds a bit ...
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Design of a double A-arm suspension

If pictures can tell a story ... my answer is sure:
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What are those two broken parts?

You have a broken axle and a broken lower balljoint. Your balljoint is part of the lower control arm assembly, which needs to be replaced. You could also potentially need a steering knuckle if it was ...
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Impossible to separate ball joint

The easiest way to separate a ball joint is to hit the knuckle straight on. Hit it like you stole it. And I'm not talking about hitting the ball joint where the threads are at. Hit the metal part ...
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Honda Jazz 2007 1.4 Dsi CVT

That is the way Honda does a lot of their suspension parts. Take for instance, the part below. It isn't sold with bushings, but rather as a complete unit. This is the complete A-Arm from the front end ...
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Mazda 3 passenger side control arm - move engine and transaxle slightly forward?

I ended up following the tip I found in a YouTube video - remove the bolts from the No.3 Engine Mount and raise the engine with a jack and piece of wood under the oil pan. Worked just fine and the ...
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Impossible to separate ball joint

Are you sure you are using the right size pickle fork? If its inserted all the way and it is no longer pushing the two pieces apart, it sounds like its too small. Heat, hammers, and pry bars have ...
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What are those two broken parts?

Looks like what happened was your ball joint broke (the black knob looking thing at the bottom-middle of the picture), and as the control arm fell, the strut (the wishbone looking thing just to the ...
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Leak in boot around (steering) arm on passenger side a big threat?

If the boot has been compromised, the grease that protects the joint and lubricates it will leak out, and foreign matter (grit, brake dust, etc) will get in - this will cause significant extra wear on ...
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2008 Jeep Liberty rear lower control arm bolt

I found the original part number as 6508678AA, which has been replaced by part 6507620AA, or #7 in this picture.
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Is it normal for a bolt+nut that goes through a control arm bushing to still be able to spin after being torqued down?

Having installed suspension on many an EJ Civic, I can tell you that it's normal for that bolt to spin independent of the control arm. The reason it spins freely now is because in removing it, you ...
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Is gravel under lower control arm joint a problem?

Yes, that can be a problem. Clean it out. The stones will interfere with the operation of the suspension components and could possibly accelerate wear and tear.
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Honda 1999 Odyssey How to know if front control arms and cv shafts need replacement

Sure, control arms and constant velocity (CV) shaft assemblies do wear out. Grab a flashlight, a pair of jack stands and a floor jack. Jack the car up safely onto the jack stands. Never, ever, ...
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Merc C class 2.2 CDI W203 tire skipping

Just to confirm, it was the shock absorbers replaced them with my brother and the jumping has stopped.
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Which is the offside link arm on my suspension?

From looking at the pictures, the only ball joint which is present is on the lower control arm. This should be the one your mechanic is talking about. If you dissect what was given you, I think this ...
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