Mazda Trucks 1972-1986 Repair Guide

Lower Control Arm

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REMOVAL & INSTALLATION 1972-84 Vehicles



  1. Raise the front end and support it on jackstands under the frame.
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  3. Remove the wheels.
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  5. Remove the lower shock absorber bolts and push the shock up, out of the way.
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  7. Disconnect the front stabilizer bar from the control arms.
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  9. Place a floor jack under the lower arm and raise the arm to compress the spring. Install a safety chain or spring compressor.
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  11. Unbolt the ball joint from the lower arm.
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  13. Pull the spindle and ball joint away from the arm.
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  15. Carefully lower the jack. The spring is under pressure, so be very careful that it is secured with the chain or spring compressor.
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  17. Remove the three lower control arm retaining bolts and lift the arm from the frame.
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  19. When installing the arm, safety chain the spring to the arm prior to installing the arm, or use a spring compressor. When the arm is in position, loosely install the ball joint bolts and remove the chain or compressor, then, tighten the ball joint nut to 70 ft. lbs.; the three ball joint retaining nuts to 70 ft. lbs. Install all other parts in reverse order of removal.
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  21. Have the front end alignment checked.
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