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Over the past month my 2002 outback has been making some clanking noise on the front passenger side. Today I made a nice little check list to go over while I had it jacked up. Low in behold, something that wasn't on my list, I came across loose bolt on the control arm bushing clamp. Not necessarily loose, about an 1/8" of a gap:eek: My control arm had been clanking up and down against the frame. So yes, I did the obvious and tried to tighten to the preferred torque setting. The bolt didn't want to budge at all, even after a little pb blaster. I added a little leverage to my breaker bar........then POP! I broke the inside mount bolt, which I assume was welded to the frame on the backside. Definitely sucks.

My question is.........is there any way you can access the backside of the frame in that particular area, control arm bushing clamp, bolt closes to the outside? Doesn't look like you could do it through the wheel well, but possibly through the passenger side flooring?

Thanks guys!
 

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I'm assuming front control arm here.

If you pull off the bushing/bracket, is there enough bolt sticking out to grab it with something?
 

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I'm trying to picture what you are writing about, but I am a bit confused. If you are talking about the rear bolt on the lower control arm, then that is just connected to the control arm itself. Just remove the front nut and bolt and the ball joint and take the whole control are out and replace it. A picture might help with your description.

OK, I reread your post and it seems that you are talking about the clamp itself. IF so, then CMill's advise is good. If there is not enough of the bolt sticking out, then you will need to drill it out and possibly use an extractor.
 

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seems like it might be spinning - like a welded nut came loose.


like - number 18 here is spinning?;

 
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