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Old 06-10-2019, 02:51 PM   #1
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rear control arms removal

What is the process for removing the rear control arms without totally dropping the rear cradle
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Old 06-11-2019, 04:46 AM   #2
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Drop one side of the cradle, unbolt control arm, bolt back in cradle, drop cradle on opposite side, unbolt control arm.
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Old 06-11-2019, 06:09 PM   #3
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It totally smurfing sucks to do them without dropping the cradle. Buy yourself some rear cradle bolts and consider the cost an investment in saving time and grief.
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Old 06-12-2019, 02:31 AM   #4
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Really helps to have access to a lift. I had to pry quite a bit to get the outer bushing bolt out and having the car way off the ground was necessary.
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Old 07-10-2019, 07:03 PM   #5
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Just got my 05 back from my mechanic today. He was swapping out a bent right rear control arm with a used one. He said he thought he was going to have to drop the rear cradle to get that outer bushing bolt out and back in, but he finally managed to get at it without having to. Thank goodness! He's the man....and that's why he's the only one I particularly want working on this car, besides me.

On a related note - it seems that rear control arms for these cars are pretty hard to find. There are no new ones available from GM, and no aftermarket options. Seems salvage yards are the only way to go, which is what we did in this case. Kinda scary....but glad it worked out this time.
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