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Urgent! LCA won't swing down!

Discussion in 'Suspension' started by thinkingman, Dec 28, 2012.

  1. Dec 28, 2012 at 7:00 AM
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    thinkingman

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    Foglights are for fog, not oncoming traffic!
    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!
     
  2. Dec 28, 2012 at 7:14 AM
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    chris4x4

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    the bushings hold them in pretty tight. You may have to use a little bit of force.
     
  3. Dec 28, 2012 at 7:19 AM
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    Btnewman

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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.
     
  4. Dec 28, 2012 at 7:24 AM
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    mjp2

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    The alignment cams may be seized in the LCAs. Common problem as they're not lubricated from the factory.
     
  5. Dec 28, 2012 at 7:30 AM
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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.
     
  6. Dec 28, 2012 at 10:10 AM
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    This is my bet
     
  7. Dec 28, 2012 at 11:02 AM
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    Foglights are for fog, not oncoming traffic!
    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?
     
  8. Dec 28, 2012 at 11:03 AM
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    The cam bolts seize to a metal sleeve inside the bushing
     
  9. Dec 28, 2012 at 11:14 AM
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    Try heat next and keep spraying them with penetrating lube. Obviously do not heat up the lube :D

    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.

    One day Ill do a write up I promise...OZ :D
     
  10. Dec 28, 2012 at 11:16 AM
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    I stuck a jack handle through the LCA and stepped on the handle to push it down I'm only 125lbs
     
  11. Dec 28, 2012 at 11:17 AM
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  12. Dec 28, 2012 at 11:21 AM
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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
     
  13. Dec 28, 2012 at 11:22 AM
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    OP for reference this is the front bolts from the LCA

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    I have plenty of more pics. PM me if needed.
     
  14. Dec 28, 2012 at 12:06 PM
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    Foglights are for fog, not oncoming traffic!
    Good stuff here!
    Thanks.
    I wonder if it will move at all....
    I will let you know.
     
  15. Dec 28, 2012 at 6:51 PM
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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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