Camry Lower Control Arm replacing

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    Hi Folks

    I have a 2004 Camry. Daughter slide on ice and slide into the curb. The front driver side rim hit hard. I jacked up the car and checked the rim for runout. Amazingly the rim spins true.

    However the lower control arm took the brunt of the hit. It bent the end where the lower ball joint attaches. This is the driver side control arm.

    I have a new control arm here to put on but then I noticed there is one bolt, uses a 22mm hex that is buried under the motor mount.

    Oh boy, that one is really hidden in there. Looking at the motor mount there is a stud on top, I loosened it and a stud on the bottom, I loosened it too. I jacked the motor up slightly and it lifted about 1/8" then I stopped to see what else is moving or not. I feel around this motor mount bracket and it looks like it is riveted to the frame.

    OK anyone know how to get that motor mount up enough to get the last bolt out of the control arm mount? Or a cross section view of the motor mount to see what is in side?

    Any help greatly appreciated.

    Thanks

    John

    Here are some pic's
    The new control arm



    The 1 bolt out in the open. No problem getting to this one. but the one on the left is under the motor mount. The hex is exposed but no room to get the bolt out. That is if I can even break it loose. Can use impact on the others


    Then the one buried under the motor mount


    Top view of motor mount shwoign frame rivits
    Last edited by Campingguy; 12-26-2008 at 04:41 PM.

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    You need to remove the motor mount. There are 3 bolts that hold it to the subframe. They are actually studs on the mount with nuts hidden in the subframe. One is in an open hole and 2 of the holes are covered with plastic caps. Pop the plastci caps off and access the nuts. Remove the nut at top of the motor mount. Jack up the engine enough to remove the mount and then you can change the arm.

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    Hello there, I have searched the internet and it brought me to your site. I have a 2004 Camry and I am in need of replacing just the bushings. Do you have to remove the entire assembly such as listed above to get to the bushings? (aka not needing to jack up motor and mess with the mounts as I may not have the ability to do that) Also how long did it take you? The pics are great. The crappy part is that I need to replace both left and right bushings on the front. I appreciate any help

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    I have not seen replacement bushings but they may be available. I don't see any way to change the bushing without removing the control arm out of the car. When you jack up the motor, take the nuts off the front transmission mount and remove the exhaust hanger from the rear, underneath of the front subframe ( under the steering rack). This allows the motor or trans side to be raised easier. Don't jack on the oil pan or trans pan, they crush easy.

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    Default Re: Camry Lower Control Arm replacing

    Hey is this the same on the Tundra? Or can I remove the lower control arm without jacking up the engine?

    Dan

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    Tundra is completely different. You do not need to to anything with the engine but you need to unbolt the rack from the frame to get the rear bolts out. If the sleeves are frozen into the bushings, then you will have to cut them out to get the arms down.

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