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Can I replace control arm myself in my townhome garage/driveway?

I've got 750+Tax quote from CT to replace both control arms. In same time I saw them at Rockauto for 81 to 115$ I will clearly spend a day to save/earn 500$

Question would I be able it to do with Jack few stands and my own freetime?

PS. DORMAN Control arms... any thought about them? I'm pretty sure it is made in Chine product, but would like to know how long they going to last.

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Re: Can I replace contrlo arm mycelf in my townhome garage/driveway?

Sure, if you have the right tools. You don't need a lift.

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What are the right tools? I have my hands and my head only

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What are the right tools? I have my hands and my head only
Don't know all the sizes you will need w/o a manual, but if you have a good stock of tools and jack stands I'm sure you will be ok.

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O, set of wrenches and stuff I do have. I thought you meant some special tools for this job

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Re: Can I replace contrlo arm mycelf in my townhome garage/driveway?

not sure but a spring compressor is usually required when changing control arms.. mind if ask why they are bad?
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not sure but a spring compressor is usually required when changing control arms.. mind if ask why they are bad?
If so, you can rent them at like Autozone for about $15 for a day.

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Re: Can I replace contrlo arm mycelf in my townhome garage/driveway?

I'm pretty sure that you will need a alignment after your done.


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Re: Can I replace control arm myself in my townhome garage/driveway?

AFAIK no need of spring compressor, I can use another jack against wheel to jack it up and release control arm from pressure.

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Re: Can I replace control arm myself in my townhome garage/driveway?

Hey guys I found some walk through on SAAB forum, AFAIK they have same suspension

http://www.thesaabsite.com/Saab-Spor...eplacement.htm



They don't say anything about compressing the spring!? How come?

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