How do I get the new ball joint back into the control arm on my 03 Subaru Forester?

I got the top of the new ball joint into the knuckle first, but now I cannot get the bottom threaded stud into the control arm. The CV axle just will not allow me to push inward, and the control arm only swings down and in, further away.

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  • 6 months ago
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    Have both front tires off the ground. Then use a large pry bar to pry the lower control arm down farther.

    Turn the axle and push it in. You might have pulled the inner slide joint out of the outer portion.

    Source(s): Mitsubishi Master Tech
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  • Pearl
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    6 months ago

    maybe you should have a mechanic check it out

    • soybom6 months agoReport

      My mechanic friend that came by is stumped too. And now I can't even get it towed to the shop because it won't go anywhere on 3 wheels.

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