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Replaced both LCA pancake bushings 4 years ago with no problem...4 years later, had one bad bushing and wanted to replace both ball joint on my 12 year old car so I purchased 2 new MOOG LCA's . Passenger side went great but I am now 'stuck' with a loose cage nut on the driver side...tried sticking bolts, screwdrivers, allan keys, etc for a couple hours to lock the nut before giving up...I read you can break the cage off if you remove the steering rack (I replaced it 2 years ago) and remove the stabiliser bar bushing...any other or easier solution out there aside from dropping the frame......THANKS for your input
 

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Can't drop the frame with that bolt in. That's the catch. Is your car manual or automatic? On my manual 05 cobalt I removed the rear mount and cut a little piece of metal where the nut is so that I could bend it down enough I slid what I remember correctly was a 1" wrench in. May have been 1 1/16" wrench. The nut isn't really a nut that you're thinking, it's actually a piece of 1/4" steel drilled and threaded and rectangular in shape. After this I put the air gun to it and zipped the nut off. Normally this happens when the bolt is seized into the sleeve of the control arm bushing so when you zip the bolts back in coat the bolt in grease to prevent this next time (not the threads). I have heard people cutting their drivers floors out but I'm not into that.
 

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I shoould also say I own a hoist so I'm doing this from under the car. It would be a horrible job to do if you couldn't get under the vehicle.
 

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Auto will be more difficult because you don't have the room I had with a manual transmission. If you have a welder and a mirror you may be able to weld the nut back down. I know it was insanely closed in when mine broke. I'm thinking removing that rack may be the only way unless you want to cut the drivers floor and weld it back up again. If I cut the floor I would be welding that nut to the body of the car so it never moved again.
 

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Having to cut the floor should always be a last resort.. I've had to do it once before to swap subframe on a malibu and it's not fun cutting into the floor. If you have to, at least take your time and make sure you don't cut into the structure of the car
 

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I'll remove the steering rack and see if it helps in removing the cage and eventually the STUPID nut !!!!!!!!!!
 

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Well......after removing the steering rack and the L/H side stab bar bushing, I was able to partially destroy the cage with a pair of needle nose vise grip pliers and fit a 1 inch wrench over that rectangular nut and remove the control arm then re-install the new one...while I was at it, I replaced the two outer ti-rod ends because they had blown grease cups...going for an alignment Wednesday.
 

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Congrats man. It's a great feeling to solve an issue like that but it's amazingly frustrating to have to deal with that stupid engineering. There's no reason it had to be done like that. Worst part is you may need to do it again in a year.
 

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Congrats man. It's a great feeling to solve an issue like that but it's amazingly frustrating to have to deal with that stupid engineering. There's no reason it had to be done like that. Worst part is you may need to do it again in a year.
Not likely...car is all fixed up (4 shocks, links, tie rods , steering rack, LCA's with ball joints ,stab bar bushings , fuel filter, plugs, drive belt , timing chain tensioner , thermostat, coolant, tranny fluid, etc , and getting an alignment done tomorrow) so I can now give it to my 17 year old son next spring.
Since he's been helping me fix it (and learning his way around a car)...I'll just be his helper if he needs to fix something on this 12 year old beast..............
 
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