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Old 28 Jun 2007, 11:49 pm
amartinez61@gmail.com
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I have a 97 civic that is running on a bent front right control arm. I
was told that fastening it to something like a tree or pole and simply
pulling it into place is possible. I was told not to however turn on
the car and reverse it as the wheel is less than an inch away from
scrapin the back of the fender. someone even told me that a hammer
could perhaps be enough to help me out. I need to know if im buying
new parts here or if i should grab the biggest rope i got?

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Old 29 Jun 2007, 12:16 am
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amartinez61@gmail.com wrote:
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> I have a 97 civic that is running on a bent front right control arm. I
> was told that fastening it to something like a tree or pole and simply
> pulling it into place is possible. I was told not to however turn on
> the car and reverse it as the wheel is less than an inch away from
> scrapin the back of the fender. someone even told me that a hammer
> could perhaps be enough to help me out. I need to know if im buying
> new parts here or if i should grab the biggest rope i got?


Are you talking about the lower control arm? Have you priced used ones from
a wrecking yard? Note that a used one may need to have bushings replaced.

Eric
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Old 29 Jun 2007, 08:19 am
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amartinez61@gmail.com wrote in news:1183092563.623118.223480
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> I have a 97 civic that is running on a bent front right control arm. I
> was told that fastening it to something like a tree or pole and simply
> pulling it into place is possible.




No. You will simply end up pulling body mount points out of place, or
bending something else.


> I was told not to however turn on
> the car and reverse it as the wheel is less than an inch away from
> scrapin the back of the fender. someone even told me that a hammer
> could perhaps be enough to help me out.




You're getting some pretty bad advice there, buddy.



> I need to know if im buying
> new parts here or if i should grab the biggest rope i got?
>



Eric has the right idea. A lower control arm from the wreckers is going to
be as cheap as you can get.

Having said all the above, if the control arm is bent, you can bet the
impact which damaged that has bent a lot of other stuff as well. You would
be _extremely wise_ to spend the money for an alignment after you replace
the arm. You may find it will be necessary to have a body shop use their
proper professional methods to pull the suspension back into compliance.

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Old 29 Jun 2007, 10:47 am
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Tegger wrote:
> amartinez61@gmail.com wrote in news:1183092563.623118.223480
> @i13g2000prf.googlegroups.com:
>
>> I have a 97 civic that is running on a bent front right control arm. I
>> was told that fastening it to something like a tree or pole and simply
>> pulling it into place is possible.

>
>
>
> No. You will simply end up pulling body mount points out of place, or
> bending something else.
>
>
>> I was told not to however turn on
>> the car and reverse it as the wheel is less than an inch away from
>> scrapin the back of the fender. someone even told me that a hammer
>> could perhaps be enough to help me out.

>
>
>
> You're getting some pretty bad advice there, buddy.
>
>
>
>> I need to know if im buying
>> new parts here or if i should grab the biggest rope i got?
>>

>
>
> Eric has the right idea. A lower control arm from the wreckers is going to
> be as cheap as you can get.
>
> Having said all the above, if the control arm is bent, you can bet the
> impact which damaged that has bent a lot of other stuff as well. You would
> be _extremely wise_ to spend the money for an alignment after you replace
> the arm. You may find it will be necessary to have a body shop use their
> proper professional methods to pull the suspension back into compliance.
>

indeed. replace [junkyard is fine], then body shop for alignment
correction.
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