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    How to torque control arm bolts at ride height without a lift or pit

    The FSM says to put the tire back on and with the car sitting at ride height to torque the control arm bolts. Very difficult to do for your average home mechanic. This is the way I do it so the car stays on jackstands with the wheel off but the control arm is at ride height.
    I leave the car on jack stands, put my floor jack under the brake disk and jack the control arm up until the whole car starts to lift. At that point the suspension should be at ride height and you can get into it to torque the bolts.

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    Re: How to torque control arm bolts at ride height without a lift or pit

    Just be sure you have at least 2 lug nuts tightened onto the bare hub/rotor.

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    Re: How to torque control arm bolts at ride height without a lift or pit

    Good point, I do and I also reposition the stands if the car does move significantly. Thanks Sub

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    Re: How to torque control arm bolts at ride height without a lift or pit

    I know this thread is a bit older, but I just wanted to add that I have always done this by using wheel ramps. Put the control arm bolts back in, tighten them slightly, put the wheels back on, lower vehicle and drive up on the ramps so you can get under the car while the car is at ride height.

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