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Old 11-06-2010, 02:11 PM
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72 chevelle,upper and lower control arms are not yet tight,springs are in rightside up and clocked right.yet i cannot jack the lower control arm up enough to meet the spindle and upper balljoint without the whole car lifting off the stands.the car is all together with engine and tranny in place.any help would be great.

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Are you sure the upper end of the spring is properly located over the cylindrical seat in the frame? It's not possible to see the top end of the spring, and it can slip out of place and the cylinder will be sitting on top of the spring instead of inside it. You usually need to wiggle the top end of the spring by hand as you locate it in the frame, then hold it up against the upper spring seat while you pull the lower control arm up to hold it in place. Don't be surprised if the spring drops out of place the first time you try this.
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yes the spring is seated fine in the frame,thats why i don't understand it.i've taken it apart 3 times,soooooo frustrating
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Try jacking it up from as far outboard on the suspension as possible. If you jack it up directly under the spring seat you won't be able to make it happen.

Andy

If that doesn't work, you will need a spring compressor...

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Try jacking it up from as far outboard on the suspension as possible. If you jack it up directly under the spring seat you won't be able to make it happen.

Andy

If that doesn't work, you will need a spring compressor...
Or some added weight, like a buddy to sit on the fender or bumper, or if the front sheetmetal is off a couple sandbags on the frame rail or weights from a weightlifting set. Normally it won't all just fit back together, especially if they are new springs or original springs that have been out for a period of time and have relaxed to be a bit longer.

The "jack as far outboard as possible" is spot-on, it adds leverage when you get it out there under the ball joint instead of under the spring seat area of the arm.
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Spring compressor...
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You used to be able to rent a spring compressor around here. Maybe you can where you are?
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