1998 Ford Taurus Lower control arm removal

Tiny
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Suspension problem
1998 Ford Taurus 6 cyl Front Wheel Drive Automatic 91k miles

Gotta replacel it, and find that the bolt on the front bushing has been installed from the top.

I can't get the bolt all the way out, as there is a cast member above it.

what's the best/easiest way to move which parts to access this bolt?

thanks

gary
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Monday, March 16th, 2009 AT 12:34 PM

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Tiny
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Ok you will need to remove the trans mount and lower that a little. Here is a pic. I hope this helps


http://www.2carpros.com/forum/automotive_pictures/249564_Graphic_51.jpg

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Monday, March 16th, 2009 AT 12:58 PM
Tiny
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Any suggestions as to getting new bolts? Can't locate ANY in S. Calif. South of Bakersfield. Local dealer says 7-10 days to order.

How about size, might be able to match if I knew the dimensions.

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gary
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Monday, March 16th, 2009 AT 2:50 PM
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Sorry I wish I could get those specs but I can't. That kind of info just isn't available to me at all. Does the dealer have any specs on them?
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Tuesday, March 17th, 2009 AT 10:49 AM
Tiny
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The answers I'm getting make it clear most of the parts guys I'm talking to don't have a clue. 4 different sizes so far when I ask, i.E. Different dealer, different bolt size. :(

Looking at the car/pic, I need to lower #4 to get the clearance.

Remove #1, then release the front/rear bushing on #4, then lower the subframe(#4)?

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Tuesday, March 17th, 2009 AT 11:53 AM
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Lowering number 4 is correct. As for the bolt sizes they just don't catalog that stuff I do wish they would as it would be so much easier but imagine the size of the repair manual if they did. All I could suggest is that if you are missing any of those bolts is go to a salvage or wrecking yard and buy them there.
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Wednesday, March 18th, 2009 AT 10:25 AM

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