Struts help

Tiny
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  • 2002 CHEVROLET MONTE CARLO
  • 3.8L
  • 6 CYL
  • FWD
  • AUTOMATIC
  • 170,000 MILES
I was changing my front struts on my 2002 Monte Carlo I took the old ones off, And tried to put the new ones on but they are not lining up. The knuckle holes seem to far up from the strut. So I tried to put the old one back on and the same problem
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Sunday, December 27th, 2015 AT 4:57 PM

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Tiny
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The lower control arm dropped down. Lift it up and see if you can insert a long punch into one of the holes to hold it in place.
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Sunday, December 27th, 2015 AT 5:28 PM
Tiny
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I tried that. I seems like the strut is too long. The bottom knuckle hole line up with the top strut screw hole even on the old one.
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Sunday, December 27th, 2015 AT 5:55 PM
Tiny
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The lower control arm moves to line up the holes.
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Sunday, December 27th, 2015 AT 5:57 PM
Tiny
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When I push down on the control arm the knuckle moves outward. Could it be the struts needs to be compressed
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Sunday, December 27th, 2015 AT 5:59 PM
Tiny
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Thanks ahead for the help I've been working on this for about four days now I never ran into nothing like this before
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Sunday, December 27th, 2015 AT 6:01 PM
Tiny
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The control arm is fine the strut seems like it decompressed after I took it off
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Sunday, December 27th, 2015 AT 6:03 PM
Tiny
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I'll say it one more time. The lower control arm move and the knuckle swivels on a ball joint so it can be moved anywhere it needs to be.
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Sunday, December 27th, 2015 AT 6:05 PM
Tiny
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Ok I'm going to try that
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Sunday, December 27th, 2015 AT 6:06 PM
Tiny
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This is a image of it
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Sunday, December 27th, 2015 AT 6:17 PM
Tiny
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The strut seems to long to go over the cv axel and line up in the knuckle I'm sorry if I'm not making everything clear
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Sunday, December 27th, 2015 AT 6:19 PM
Tiny
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Make sure the axle is fully seated at both ends as that will push the knuckle away if it isn't. Also make sure you didn't separate the inner C/V joint.
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Sunday, December 27th, 2015 AT 6:20 PM
Tiny
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I just replaced the cv axel about an hour ago
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Sunday, December 27th, 2015 AT 6:22 PM
Tiny
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Its weird because the old strut is doing the same thing
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Sunday, December 27th, 2015 AT 6:23 PM
Tiny
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Hey thanks I figured it out. I didn't have the front end jack up enough LOL Stupid ME
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Sunday, December 27th, 2015 AT 7:38 PM

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