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#16 Old 04-01-2011, 03:56 PM
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If you are talking about the bolt portion of this job, 1 yes you will need a new one and two you will have to pound the s__t out of it to get it out if its rusted badly.
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I cut the arm, bushing with a dremel. Put the new one on. Now the other side needs chaning so going to have to order a new one. The two front one needs changing also. But thats too much work for the front. Too much rust and I think if I was to attempt to do the lower front, I would snap a bolt and spend more money.

I am just going to fix the other lateral arm. I think I'm at a point to where it's old and rusted and it puting money into it is not a wise choose. I am not bothering changing the rear strut either, roads here are just shity and if I did it would do it no good unless we are talking expensive strut. So I am giving up and when it rust to hell and cost more than another lateral arm, I am driving as is until it dies.
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Yeah, unfortunately, sometimes if they're really rusty and have too much that needs fixing, that's the right thing to do, financially.

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Yesterday I ended up changing my front rear lateral, the other rear lateral arm, rear brakes and rotor (I change the front NOV with new calipers, rotors, and brakes). It was a bitch changing it. The two front lateral arm bushing by the brakes was a bitch to get out. Had to cut the arm, torch the housing for the bolts 5-10 each, pound the shit out of them to get off. The rear lateral bushing had to be cut off with a dermel. New bolts from toyota and nut was put on.

Over all the ride is now perfect, no squeak, no play, need alignment, and new rear strut. Other wise it was worth it, didn't break any bolt holding the subframe (two bolts in the middle for the lateral arm) while dropping it.

I didn't want to invest money but after 5 days of thinking and no able to drive with lots of vibration, I decided I don't want a car loan anytime soon.

This summer new radiator and maybe new rear strut. My question asked myself is it nice to know the back will last another 15-16 years, but when are my front bushing going to go bad???
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My passengers back rear lateral control arm arrived from Rock Auto just the other day. I've got a 4 oclock appointment for an oil change. We'll see about having it intalled then. The place also does good exhaust work so I'm going to see about them fabbing up a decent y-pipe for me as well.

I'm slowly correcting the ride of this old car. Hopefully this will tighten things up pretty good.

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Bumping this thread up, just found out my Solara needs the same thing. The inner end of the front lateral control arms have a little play, and although I can't really feel it, it is pretty loud, reminds me of when the control arm bushings were completely gone in my old Civic.

The part I found online says it comes with bushings, but NO ball joint. Would replacing the outer ball joint be necessary or highly recommended, since it will be easy to access? It doesn't even look like there is a ball joint, just two straight through bushings.
http://www.car-stuff.com/carparts/to...ings+Page%3A13
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The link you posted is for a rear control arm. The fronts look like this. It doesn't come with a ball joint. With some cars, they do because they're riveted in. The ball joints on our Toyotas bolt in on the end with the 3 holes in it. No terribly hard to do, so to me, it one of those "while you're in there" kinda things to replace.

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I don't know if there is a discrepancy in part names, but the part I posted was what the mechanic showed me. He called it a lateral arm. I can't fricking stand when part names are inconsistent. I will probably order them from a brick and mortar store, I don't feel like dealing with a wrong part thru the mail
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Yeah, you're correct, those are more properly called lateral arms.

Just realized something; you said the front lateral arms - meaning the front arm of the pair in the rear? In that case, the part link you posted is correct, that's the front arm of the rear pair. The rear-most lateral arm looks similar, but has a turnbuckle in it for adjusting toe in/out. Clear as mud?... LOL!

As to that link saying the arms don't come with ball joints, that's just ignorant. There are no ball joints back there! That's what threw me!

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Yeah the front one(s) are bad. I even went to a toyota parts dealer and their blow up diagrams don't even have a "lateral arm" or anything that looks like it I hate those things, they almost never have names that are what the majority of people actually call them.
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