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HOW DO YOU REMOVE THE REAR CONTROL ARM

2001 Ford Escape • 180,000 miles

I need to replace the wheel bearing on a rear wheel. It is a 2 wheel drive. I can manage to get the ball joints off. But I can't get the bushing end of the control arm out. How do you do this

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Demonsdc
March 19, 2012.



REMOVAL & INSTALLATION
UPPER CONTROL ARM
Removal & Installation
NOTE: It may be necessary to hold ball joint stud in place while removing nut.

Raise and support vehicle. Remove wheel and tire. Remove upper ball joint nut. Separate upper arm from knuckle. Remove upper arm-to-crossmember bolt. Remove upper arm. To install, reverse removal procedures. Tighten fasteners to specifications. See TORQUE SPECIFICATIONS.
LOWER CONTROL ARM
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Tech1Tip: Rear Lower Control Arm Cam Adjustment

Removal & Installation
NOTE: It may be necessary to hold ball joint stud in place while removing nut.

Raise and support vehicle. Remove wheel and tire. Remove lower ball joint nut. Separate lower ball joint from knuckle. Remove lower arm-to-crossmember bolts. Remove lower control arm. To install, reverse removal procedure. Tighten fasteners to specification. See TORQUE SPECIFICATIONS.

WHEEL BEARING
Inspection
Wheel bearings are not adjustable. Raise and support vehicle. Move tire assembly in and out, and spin tire. If excessive movement or any roughness is detected, replace bearing. See HUB & BEARING under REMOVAL & INSTALLATION.
REMOVAL & INSTALLATION
UPPER CONTROL ARM
Removal & Installation
NOTE: It may be necessary to hold ball joint stud in place while removing nut.

Raise and support vehicle. Remove wheel and tire. Remove upper ball joint nut. Separate upper arm from knuckle. Remove upper arm-to-crossmember bolt. Remove upper arm. To install, reverse removal procedures. Tighten fasteners to specifications. See TORQUE SPECIFICATIONS.
LOWER CONTROL ARM
Tips Click a link to view tip
Tech1Tip: Rear Lower Control Arm Cam Adjustment

Removal & Installation
NOTE: It may be necessary to hold ball joint stud in place while removing nut.

Raise and support vehicle. Remove wheel and tire. Remove lower ball joint nut. Separate lower ball joint from knuckle. Remove lower arm-to-crossmember bolts. Remove lower control arm. To install, reverse removal procedure. Tighten fasteners to specification. See TORQUE SPECIFICATIONS.
HUB, BEARING & WHEEL KNUCKLE ASSEMBLY
Removal (2WD)
Raise and support vehicle. Remove wheel and tire. Remove brake drum. Remove ABS sensor ring, if equipped. Remove wheel hub nut. Using Hub Remover (205-D070) and slide hammer, remove wheel hub.
Using Pinion Bearing Remover (205-D002), press inner wheel bearing race from hub. Remove snap ring. Using Axle Bearing Remover (205-224) and slide hammer, remove outer race from knuckle.
Installation
Using Differential Bearing Cup Replacer (308-153) and Pinion Bearing cup Replacer (205-014) install NEW wheel bearing into knuckle. Install snap ring into knuckle. Position brake backing plate on to wheel knuckle, and tighten bolts to 49 ft. Lbs. (69 N.M). Using wheel hub washer and Half Shaft Installer (204-161), install wheel hub into wheel bearing. To complete installation, reverse removal procedure. Tighten bolts to specification. See TORQUE SPECIFICATIONS.

Rasmataz
Mar 19, 2012.