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Old 12-18-2010, 04:48 PM
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Default Replacing Upper Control Arm on 03 Sebring

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I'm attempting to replace the control arm/ball joint on my 03 Sebring and I'm hitting a brick wall. I have removed the spring/shock and installed the control arm with no problem. When I went to reinstall the spring/shock, I couldn't get past the control arm to release the spring compressor. So removed the control arm, reinstalled the spring/shock and tried to reinstall the control arm, and I couldn't get enough space to thread the bolts for the control arm. Is there some trick I'm missing here? Does anyone have any suggestions?
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Old 12-20-2010, 08:47 PM
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What are you using as a spring compressor?
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Old 12-21-2010, 09:16 AM
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I am using a two sided outside spring compressor.
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Old 12-21-2010, 02:58 PM
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Chrysler recommends a big, expensive tool that fits completely over the top of the upper spring mount, but it's not practical for the DIYer. There are other types like this, for example:

http://www.harborfreight.com/single-...sor-43753.html

that come in from one side only and may work better for you. Another possibility is to take the parts over to a shop that does a lot of springs and struts and ask them to assemble the strut for you (for a fee, I'm sure). They have different equipment that is wall- or floor-mounted and that is powered by air or hydraulics and is very quick.

Let us know what you finally decide on and how it works out.

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As soon as I saw that photo from Harbor Freight it all made sense. Thanks for the assist dcotter. I sure appreciate it.
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