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Front Lower Control Arm Repair

I went to look at my lower control arm bushing thinking it was bad but what I've found out was the bolt somehow was loose and made the bolt hole oval and wore the thread off the bolt in that spot. I can't tighten it because of the stripped bolt so in the morning I'm headed to the salvage yard to pick up a couple of bolts. My question is if I get the bolt in and tighten it will the lower control arm move around like its doing now or will I have to somehow get the bolt hole back round..Anyone ever had this problem, if so how did you fix it?
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Re: Front Lower Control Arm Repair

Pictures would help us to answer your questions. Is this a front or rear control arm? What hole is oval, the bushing or the sub frame? You may need to either replace the bushing or the sub frame, which ever is worn oval.
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Re: Front Lower Control Arm Repair

Sorry its the subframe hole oval not the bushing...
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Re: Front Lower Control Arm Repair

I was afraid of that. Depending on how severe it is, I'm not sure there's anything you can do with that besides replace the sub frame, unless you have good fabrication skills.
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I was afraid of that. Depending on how severe it is, I'm not sure there's anything you can do with that besides replace the sub frame, unless you have good fabrication skills.
That bolt screws into a nut that is welded to the subframe, correct? If so, couldn't he find a hardened nut to replace it and have a shop cut the old one off and weld the new one in place?
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That bolt screws into a nut that is welded to the subframe, correct? If so, couldn't he find a hardened nut to replace it and have a shop cut the old one off and weld the new one in place?
Possibly, but since he didn't supply pictures we can't tell how badly the holes are worn. But it doesn't sound like it's the nut that's the problem, but the hole where the bolt head tightens up. He's going to want to fix that or there will not be enough metal for the bolt to tighten against.
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Re: Front Lower Control Arm Repair

I was thinking it was the OTHER end, but now that you explain it like that, it makes a little more sense for THAT side to be wallowed out than it would for the nut side...

Either way, it sucks...
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