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As of Saturday morning, I've been losing this stupid battle with this stupid lca. I'm working on a 2003 Taurus S.E 3.0 Vulcan. Now I know it's a simple, quick job but nope, not for this son of a... Getting the old one out wasn't too bad at all. The thing gets stuck about 1/2 an inch to the front bolt hole. I've greased the thing up and tried with no success. Is there a specialist out there with a pointer or two that can help a dude out? Please I'm scheduled for an alignment Monday morning so I'll be ready for my 450 mile Christmas drive. Thanks.
 

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I replaced two on a 2001. In the pics is the control arm attached to the ball joint? If it is you should attach the control arm to the subframe first and then the ball joint. I know you have to really push the control arm down to get it the strut in the knuckle. So there is a lot of pre load on the control arm.

Did you compare the old and new control arm?
 

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I replaced two on a 2001. In the pics is the control arm attached to the ball joint? If it is you should attach the control arm to the subframe first and then the ball joint. I know you have to really push the control arm down to get it the strut in the knuckle. So there is a lot of pre load on the control arm.

Did you compare the old and new control arm?

In the pic, I had it jammed in the sub frame with nothing hooked up. It was just soooooo tight. I got it in there (finally) by using my jack and jacking it up to level it out. Then I hammered on the thing like it stole something lol. Not the best way to go I know but at that point, I gave 0 F's. All is well now it's in there and back together. Thanks for your help though you must know the struggles with those control arms. Now if they decline my alignment again tomorrow, you'll probably see me on the national news lol.
 
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