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Lower Control Arm removal trick

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Hi guys, 

I need to replace both rear bushes in the front lower control arms. Ive been fighting against all the rust and corrosion under there and managed to get all of the bolts loose but I am struggling to get the near side front bolt out due to the gearbox being in the way. The car is a 1.4 auto so this may account for the slightly larger gearbox compared to manual models.

Is there a trick to get this removed easily? I have tried jacking the engine up slightly but there is still not quite enough clearance. 

 

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Remove the dogbone mount and swing the engine.

 

Same as doing a vr6 when the sump gets in the way.

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Good job. So I'm guessing you worked from below, then jacked it up?

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