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Old 12-28-2012, 07:00 AM   #1
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Urgent! LCA won't swing down!

I tried using the video method of releasing the front springs using a jack, and after loosening the LCA bolts near the alignment cams, the LCA still wouldn't swing down.
What did I miss?
Any help appreciated!
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Old 12-28-2012, 07:14 AM   #2
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the bushings hold them in pretty tight. You may have to use a little bit of force.
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Old 12-28-2012, 07:19 AM   #3
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You might have to loosen the bolts that hold the lower arms, making sure to mark where you alignment cams are so you can get them back in the same spot.
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Old 12-28-2012, 07:24 AM   #4
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The alignment cams may be seized in the LCAs. Common problem as they're not lubricated from the factory.
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Old 12-28-2012, 07:30 AM   #5
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Time to get the big muscles out. Use some type of white lithium spray grease to help break the bushings free. Big pry bar to pull or push that thing around.
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Old 12-28-2012, 10:10 AM   #6
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The alignment cams may be seized in the LCAs. Common problem as they're not lubricated from the factory.
This is my bet
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Old 12-28-2012, 11:02 AM   #7
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I loosened, sprayed, pried, and prayed and nothing.
Something must be siezed with the cams....can you pry behind the cams without damage?
How much can you do there?
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I loosened, sprayed, pried, and prayed and nothing.
Something must be siezed with the cams....can you pry behind the cams without damage?
How much can you do there?
The cam bolts seize to a metal sleeve inside the bushing
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Old 12-28-2012, 11:14 AM   #9
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I loosened, sprayed, pried, and prayed and nothing.
Something must be siezed with the cams....can you pry behind the cams without damage?
How much can you do there?
Try heat next and keep spraying them with penetrating lube. Obviously do not heat up the lube

Some people are able to break them free some are not.

This is a warranty item so if you still have yours get it fixed by them for free.

If your not under warranty you will need to cut them out, replace the bushings, and replace the parts you cut.

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Old 12-28-2012, 11:21 AM   #12
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If you use brute force and your cams are seized just keep an eye on your alignment tabs to make sure you don't flatten them
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OP for reference this is the front bolts from the LCA











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Good stuff here!
Thanks.
I wonder if it will move at all....
I will let you know.
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I'm thinking I need to remove mine and lube them like that? My last alignment sucked because one of the cams were seized!

What did you use on those bolts? and whats the best way to remove while not completly screwing up alignment?
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