How to take off driver side lower control arm?

Tiny
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I took off all bolts to lower control arm and its still not budging. How do you get this control arm off so I can replace it?
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Friday, November 20th, 2015 AT 7:59 AM

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Tiny
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It is pressed onto the ball joint and requires some special tools to separate the ball joints from the arm. The other end should just slide out of the brackets with a little coaxing.
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Friday, November 20th, 2015 AT 8:40 AM
Tiny
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I can't see what your looking at? The control arm is disconnected from everything, correct? No tension of any kind on the control arm? The control arm is stuck where the mounting bolt went through? You could try some spray lube where it mounts, then use a 2x4 on the arm not the mount, hit the 2x4 with 4# hammer, see if it will move, alternates sides. Or maybe you could try a pry bar of some kind. Like I said, I can't see much from here.

If possible, use a hack-saw on the bushing. I'm just floating ideas, good or bad.
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Friday, November 20th, 2015 AT 8:51 AM
Tiny
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Hey wrench, how you doing? Didn't see you? Have a good day.
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Friday, November 20th, 2015 AT 9:36 AM
Tiny
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This isnt a normal control arm, one side is longer and going up into the frame. So trying to figure out how to get it out of the frame.
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Friday, November 20th, 2015 AT 1:12 PM
Tiny
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It pulls straight out of the frame.

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Friday, November 20th, 2015 AT 1:19 PM
Tiny
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One side (left side) longer part of the arm, slides up into the body of the car, has 2 bolts, I can get one bolt off but the other doesnt come out. Seems like the bolt that doesnt come out, might be something there so cant get it out? Heard something about the trans mounting bolt being in the way. This is a drivers side front control arm. Wish I could post of pic
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Friday, November 20th, 2015 AT 1:36 PM
Tiny
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That left side is going up in the car, I got one bolt out but the other bolt doesnt move.
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Friday, November 20th, 2015 AT 1:42 PM
Tiny
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It's just a single bolt with a nut holding it in. You have to hold the nut when turning the bolt.
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Friday, November 20th, 2015 AT 1:44 PM
Tiny
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Friday, November 20th, 2015 AT 1:45 PM
Tiny
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Thank You, was just a single bolt but we had to jack up the engine mount to get enough height to pull the bolt out.
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Friday, November 20th, 2015 AT 5:18 PM

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