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Happenings he Hood Hi everybody good day to you and welcome back. Glad you were here! This is part two of this 2010 Chevrolet Equinox In the first episode, we replaced uh both parking brake assemblies, the backing plate wheel bearings, this lower control arm, sway bar links in the rear and the rear bushings which are way way way way way up there where you can't reach them. And in this episode it's going to be really easy. We're just doing a front right front lower control arm that I've just shot myself in the foot because when I started the job on the rears I said this is going to be really easy and it turned into a challenge.

It was a northern car challenge is what it was. Hopefully this right front will not present to me a challenge and it's going to go swimmingly. but you never know because it has corrosion, oxidation form of corrosion. it makes Parts stick together and not come apart foreign.

All Right Moving On In what do we got here? We got a really nice looking brake job we have that got good front pads. it's not as bad up front. Okay, looks like we've got two bolts here. one bolt there and a ball joint to remove.

How's that ball joint gonna treat us? Looks like someone's been there before. It's kind of kind of Booger it up a little bit. all right backing up like I said I Hope this one goes a little bit better than the Uh in the rear side, but we need to get that cotter pin out of that ball joint. First things first.

Well, since that's a fresh one, we'll just try to force it out, grab it with some side cuts and give it a tug. see what it does. We're using the principles of Leverage here. Look at that.

Came right out. no problem. All right. you know I'm gonna have to unbolt this ball joint in order to unbolt this ball joint because if you see here, there's no room for that nut to escape with.

uh, the CV axle here and I don't feel like taking it off so it's not what I'm gonna do all right. What do we got in here? 17 kinda. that's that thing's been chewed up a little bit with some pliers or something, you know. I Feel like somebody was trying to do this job and they gave up.

Now it's my turn. That's what it feels like to me. it's gonna work. Cut it off.

did it slipper? did it turn? Ed Oh, it turned. Sweet Blank drive. Plus from Snap-on it's got little ridges in it so it engages the flank of the Fastener and not so much the tip. Yeah, there we go.

You're gonna come off of there. you're gonna get stuck again. I'll rephrase you're gonna come off of there. Yeah, look at that.

when that one's all been in. see that castle on the nut there? that's not. Uh, that's not good. So what I'm gonna do is just take this.

Loose as far as it's gonna go and then I will unbolt the control arm from the ball joint and then I'll break this ball joint loose and it'll fall down, leaving me, uh, more space to extract this castle nut. That's the plan. Are you gonna work? Sure, you're better. Boring.
This is like the car of no power tools because I can't fit any anywhere. Everything I Do. It's got to be done the uh, the manual method I Think we're about out of threads here? Yeah, See that it's turning the CV axle. I'm just gonna let it ride.

Maybe it'll press that ball joint out I Think it's gonna work? Yeah, Ah, a little further. Okay, that's all she wrote the. let's get these bolts off the bottom here. I Think that's in 19.

19 coming in the 19 in conjunction with an 18. that was tight. it's two. Give it back the socket.

had my uh or had the nut. Let's turn this a little bit. Can you guys see what's going on? No. Ah.

I see mosquito? Okay, let's move you all over here and you can see when it fixed the light. Okay, last one. All right. All right.

let us wedge in here. some additional downforce on this ball joint stud. Foreign. Let's break this thing loose now.

One two I Just hate you guys with a hammer there. Got it. Kind of got it. Mostly got it.

See what I meant by getting that stud loose? Like So okay. let's turn you guys around and we're going after the two bolts right here. Two nuts on top and that holds this uh, this bushing which locates the control arm that holds that to the subframe. So we're gonna go at it from the bottom with an impact at the top of the wrench to hold the nut and the rapid unclicks, foreign flashlight.

Okay, we switched sides again. We're now looking in and you guys are right above the brake caliper and get that last nut right there. loud and then I'll just sneak this bolt out of here. Come out, it is my will.

All right. A little bit of pry bar action back here around this bushing and it should pull free from the subframe. Yeah, just like that ball joint dropped out and she is loose. There's our unit control arm gravity backing up.

Let's check out the goods here. make sure everything matches up and there's any appropriate proportions. Yeah, I Do believe it is. Yep, Yep, Yep, Yep, Yep, Yeah, we're good now.

Remember, we gotta feed this thing in simultaneously as the nut. Otherwise, uh, we have to take that uh Cbx allow and I don't want to do that? Sure, let's just get this guy kind of in position here. It'll start it like that with the square part in thank you. Well, it fell out So what's my my malfunction here? Is it the ball joint after all? put it in threaded that way I Don't have to worry about it there, that's not gonna work.

Okay, what? I need to do is get that bushing in. Hmm. Balls are stiff there. push it on the ground, bend that in a little bit I might have something to do with it Hammer I Need linear impacts for this one to nudge this thing in now.

I'll get that ball joint in there. Come on, come on, come on. come on. Okay, all right, a little bit of pry bar action on this back bushing over here and that should slide down into position here.
Let's just take this. uh, this nut loose right here on the bushing. Maybe it'll turn. Yes, it will.

There we go. That's beautiful. That's what we like. Okie dokes.

Let's get a couple of these bolts in that where it goes right there. ruin the threads. Those were just love caps guys. That's what the spreads are okay.

plus this is pointed. see that so it guides it in. We're good, no worries. I've ruined enough of these to know when I'm about to ruin one of these girl.

where's my gun? There it is. Let's get these ones secure and then we'll get that other bushing. I Don't know what that was the bolt for the other bushing? Sure. All right, all right, let's get this bolt in.

I Think we're lined up enough where it'll fit? Uh yes indeedy. yeah, almost one side was other side. not so much here. Got an extension here? Let's use that as a hammer extension.

so the best way to treat your extensions. but sometimes you just gotta reach out. And Hammer something. Put that on a t-shirt Foreign.

Let's get that nut screwed on right. Big nut coming in. Oh slippage wrench. We need a wrench.

Got a wrench spanner click? Well that moved along quickly. All I've got to do now is get that ball joint castle nut installed. We'll get this sway bar link installed and bolted back on I Took it off and you guys weren't looking just in case I needed to pry up or down on something. They tend to be a little restrictive.

Yup, gonna need a spanner. Clicks: Okay, that's on and now we just got to get the get that little castle nut secured and cotter pin you. Let's see if I can see in here. Hope so Can you guys see I thought I Also, hope so as soon as we draw this ball joint in.

that will conclude the the replacement operation. I Didn't really figure out what was wrong with this control arm. It looked okay. It wasn't rusted to nothing.

However, the left front has recently been replaced. Perhaps that was due to rust, and perhaps we're just doing this to make sure it all stays mechanically symmetrical. Oh uh. one more one more, quarter turn are we lined up with our holes? Negative: a little bit more.

Nope, a little more. Yep. good to go. Oh guys bad news I uh I thought I had a bunch of Master service kits full of goodies over here and uh included in those kits I thought I had some some cotter pins and guess what? don't I have O-rings I got crush washers got a camshaft uh I've got some body panel clips and um I've got some oil dry mats but what I do not have are cotter pins So I need to order the kit for cotter pins so I can cotter pin that bolt? so I guess I'm done for the day because part stores closed, it's getting late and um I don't think I have any around here.

maybe in there? Yeah yeah I have no I have no Powder pins so yeah I think I think I'm done with this car now for the day. So that being said, it looks like I'm also done with this video and since I am done with this video, the only thing left for me to do is to thank you for watching this video and as always hope you enjoyed this video. If you did enjoy this video, please feel free to let me know about that. Bye tap that like button down below.
If you do not enjoy this video then um go back and watch something else. Actually, If you do want to watch something else, go back and watch the part one to this Equinox because that was a little bit longer and probably more interesting due to the pain. I Had to suffer through with the with this rear suspension. so yeah, go back and check that one out.

The link is down inside of this Video subscription and uh, it's also in the pin comment in the comment section and that will conclude my moment of Shameless self-promotion So again, as always, thank you for watching And most importantly, do not forget to have yourselves a great day! See you guys later! Oh real quick. put the lights on shiny. They're not hooked up but they're on there.

98 thoughts on “Customer supplied control arm! 2010 equinox 3.0 awd”
  1. Avataaar/Circle Created with python_avatars Jeffry Blackmon says:

    You surprised me, Ray by not using a spray product to help loosen the stud (on the ball joint top side). It may have helped. Regardless, I enjoyed the action.

  2. Avataaar/Circle Created with python_avatars Cotterpin Doozer says:

    Looking forward to seeing that box of cotterpins within the next few vids.

  3. Avataaar/Circle Created with python_avatars Nick Snarski says:

    Snap On flank drive wrenches are the best,been running those since 1992.

  4. Avataaar/Circle Created with python_avatars Walter Latham says:

    Does NASCAR still have lug nuts?

  5. Avataaar/Circle Created with python_avatars Snap-On Auto Tech says:

    Don't forget procrastination.

  6. Avataaar/Circle Created with python_avatars Des O'Neill says:

    I bought a set of thin open ended spanners for those sway bar links on eBay. This saves spinning the joint in the socket with the power tool.

  7. Avataaar/Circle Created with python_avatars Daren Vinson says:

    Front arm looked good..???

  8. Avataaar/Circle Created with python_avatars Dennis Laur says:

    I'm ok with this video being short as I work at the plant that the sub frame and LCA were made. A tip for next time you have to get that front bushing in is to put a little bit of lubricant on both ends.

  9. Avataaar/Circle Created with python_avatars pete d says:

    If it had been a Canadian car over 1 year old , it would be on a brage heading out to sea helping grow the artificial fish reef.

  10. Avataaar/Circle Created with python_avatars Dummer Dum says:

    I thought most bolt for the suspension are stretch bolt and cannot/should not be reuse (especially the car was from rust belt)

  11. Avataaar/Circle Created with python_avatars Peter Chang says:

    that is not corrosion…. from Ontario Canada

  12. Avataaar/Circle Created with python_avatars randy taylor says:

    That's one way to shorten the lifespan of a brand new bushing. Otherwise, always fun watching your vids!

  13. Avataaar/Circle Created with python_avatars Matt D says:

    Yup, that is a winner for the next round of T-Shirts, "sometimes you just got to hammer something"

  14. Avataaar/Circle Created with python_avatars SmittysBuilds says:

    what a shame that the only thing stopping this task to be done is a little pin

  15. Avataaar/Circle Created with python_avatars rob rawle says:

    your channel has become boring and nonproductive it puts me to sleep on a regular basis

  16. Avataaar/Circle Created with python_avatars fred414141 says:

    no new cotter pins???? ….. heart broken … I might need a quiet place to cry😭

  17. Avataaar/Circle Created with python_avatars ben davis says:

    Ray I was watching this video and I thought you were drunk then I figured out that I had set the play back speed at .75 from an earlier how to video. I was so happy when I got you back on full speed. Love your work man.

  18. Avataaar/Circle Created with python_avatars John me says:

    When you couldn't find the master kit you were looking for is it wrong of me that the theme song for 'Welcome back Kotter' starts playing in my head? 😀

  19. Avataaar/Circle Created with python_avatars franco deiuliis says:

    Sweet and easy in and out nice work
    Cheers from Nova Scotia

  20. Avataaar/Circle Created with python_avatars CMC I live says:

    YOU NEED A mosquito zapper to fill in for no phone . Plus they are good for moral , the zap makes you grin

  21. Avataaar/Circle Created with python_avatars MrBowNaxe says:

    That was short and sweet…like it's supposed to be right? Good stuff, thanks for sharing. Can't wait to see what's next.

  22. Avataaar/Circle Created with python_avatars Justa Marine Patriot says:

    I'm not getting notifications when you post.

  23. Avataaar/Circle Created with python_avatars Toto555 says:

    Noooooo Too short!

  24. Avataaar/Circle Created with python_avatars WalkenDead1369 says:

    I'm amazed that lower control arm didn't come with a cotter pin for the ball joint. Everyone we order does

  25. Avataaar/Circle Created with python_avatars Rich says:

    Wow! It's so much better at 2x speed! 😁👍

  26. Avataaar/Circle Created with python_avatars Shawn Bybee says:

    I love watching some rainman, but so far almost every complaint I have about mechanics (not the shop, the mechanic) Ray is no different.

    1. I hate when mechanics throw rims on the tire mounter, because if they crack or worse chip the paint on the wheels, you will not know until you take it back off and at that point it's not their fault.
    2. in an effort to make this job easier, he was jamming a castle nut with pointy bits on it into a cv axle. I don't care if it will not affect the performance, just don't do it.
    3. I dont think mechanics should just throw a power tool at everything. instead of taking the time to make sure the socket is on the nut, they will just start the tool and let it drop onto the nut, affectively starting the rounding-off/stripping of the nut or bolts.

    I got an idea, have a box at the bottom of the work order for people who like it done right, not quick, that is labeled "powertools or no powertools. It's my money, I should be able to pay you more if I want something more (the time it will take using hand tools)

    I trust Ray to be honest, but not patient and to work on my car the way I want.

    I may have just been complaining to complain, because I think most people who know enough to think like me, probably work on their own cars anyways, but I don't have a mounter or balancer, so I do have to come to the shop sometimes with loose tires and I would love to check that box.

  27. Avataaar/Circle Created with python_avatars Randy Hanson says:

    I try to never reuse cotter pins. They are cheap enough to always keep a variety on hand. Love the new intro logo. It would make a great neon sign 🙂

  28. Avataaar/Circle Created with python_avatars Sam Bartsch says:

    After 5 hours and a week of not being able to keep up with Rays uploads, I’m finally caught up. Can’t wait to see what project Jeep has in store

  29. Avataaar/Circle Created with python_avatars Darth Vader says:

    Check the bolts securing the ball joint to the control arm, you think that the manufacturer would secure them but that is not always the case.

  30. Avataaar/Circle Created with python_avatars WalkenDead1369 says:

    My biggest challenge this week came on Friday. I changed out a freeze plug in a 1979 Pontiac Trans Am 400 without pulling the engine. It was the middle plug on the drivers side of the block, so it sets just to the firewall side of the cradle. No direct access to the thing. I was proud of my achievement lol

  31. Avataaar/Circle Created with python_avatars Philippe P. says:


  32. Avataaar/Circle Created with python_avatars Frank Hage says:

    Hey Ray! Can I bring my snowmobile by your shop? It needs some suspension work.

  33. Avataaar/Circle Created with python_avatars R Winstanley says:

    As my father would say, “Thaaaaat a boy…. Keep hammering that bolt till the threads are crushed.”

  34. Avataaar/Circle Created with python_avatars Mark K says:

    I can understand why customers would supply there own parts but in my opinion that is kind of unfair to the shop that does the work. I could not be that person who supplies there own parts. I would ask the shop to use preferred parts if they can. but that is about it.

  35. Avataaar/Circle Created with python_avatars Doublethizzle says:

    Age old question – do the engineers making the products know more than the people working on the product?

    Because if you actually read the directions for RTV, it states, ' . . . allow the sealant to dry before adding any fluids'
    Also, most suspension/steering parts manufacturers say to, tighten parts only until the full weight of the vehicle is on the newly installed parts.

    Sooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooo, which is correct? Does really F-ing matter?

  36. Avataaar/Circle Created with python_avatars scott jay says:

    Love the shows , Scott from norfolk uk

  37. Avataaar/Circle Created with python_avatars Christopher Medaris says:

    Great video Ray as always ty sir

  38. Avataaar/Circle Created with python_avatars Robert Peters says:

    What I really like are the diagnostics, and the more difficult, the more glued I find myself to the screen!

  39. Avataaar/Circle Created with python_avatars Detroit iron rescue says:

    You have to use the proper Three Stooges vernacular mechanic vernacular that's beautimous

  40. Avataaar/Circle Created with python_avatars Bill McGinnis says:

    How do your customers go for days without their car when the repair like this could be done within a day normally?

  41. Avataaar/Circle Created with python_avatars weazleman36 says:

    So at sema you saw no better ways to organize those tools other than a pile on a cart 😂

  42. Avataaar/Circle Created with python_avatars fordrust1961 says:

    DO NOT USE CUSTOMER SUPPLIED PARTS! Your insurance may not cover them in a lawsuit. It's your call, though.

  43. Avataaar/Circle Created with python_avatars HouseCallAutoRepair says:

    The RUST Experience!

    You're welcome!

  44. Avataaar/Circle Created with python_avatars stanley koziol says:

    I'll come down for a month and show you some up north tricks lol

  45. Avataaar/Circle Created with python_avatars danny r says:

    Great work bro
    Question time:

    The ball joint was connected (with this particular control arm with three bolts) why did u loosen or take them off ? I guess they were super easy no issue taking off. But u could have just worked that ball joint as the third connection of the control to release it from car

    I dunno I saw the new part and it already had bolts with ball joint so I would see if u needed to do bolt swapage I dk if that’s a word but yeah
    I guess it was a redundant step or am I wrong

    Bro I have a Honda Accord I would love to see my car worked on and see it on camera discuss this another time I don’t have the funds and I live up in pinellas so it’s a pipe dream rn but man oh man I love watching ur content for like last year or so I discovered u


  46. Avataaar/Circle Created with python_avatars David Millhollon says:

    Ray you are the man for this job Ray.

  47. Avataaar/Circle Created with python_avatars Gene Sage says:

    My wife’s 2013 ford escape when she is driving and turns the wheel either left or right or hits like a bump of any kind makes a thumping noise that you can feel if you are outside the car it sounds like metal tapping metal. If you drive straight and don’t make any turns there’s no sound. Any idea what that could be?