In this article, LMR covers the quick breakdown of removing the rear lower control arms, for your 2005-2014 S197 Mustang. Replacing the lower control arms is a common practice in the Mustang community. This removal article will give you the proper knowledge on taking the old worn-out unit to either upgrade or go back in with a stock replacement.
Everything you see in this article today can be found through LMR.com, including parts, tech articles, and warranty information. For this removal, we will be working on Jay's 2012 GT500. This car is nearing 200,000 miles, so it is past due to upgrade and inspect core suspension components. Overall this one should take you roughly an hour to complete.
Follow along and we will show you how this is done.
- lift or a jack and a set of jack stands
- complete socket set
- breaker bar
- 1/2" impact or ratchet
- some assorted pry bars
Rear Lower Control Arms Removal Steps
- Start by placing the car on a lift or jack stands and get it as high as possible.
- Remove both of your rear wheels.
- Locate the e-brake cable where it attaches to the rear caliper. Using a pry bar, push in on the spring and release the cable end from the retainer. Once this is free you can dislodge the retaining clip on the bracket.
- Feed the cable out of its bracket and then you can reroute it through the opening on the lower control arm.
- Support the rear end with your jack or jack stand.
- Remove the reward facing 18mm bolt on the lower arm. Once this is free you can swing the arm out of the differential bracket.
- Moving to the front bolt, this one will also be an 18mm, remove this one at this time.
- Now you can fully remove the arm from the vehicle. Repeat these steps for the other side.
- At this time, the removal will be complete and you can choose to go back in with a factory replacement or upgraded control arms to stiffen up your suspension. The installation will be the reverse of removal and adjustments will depend on your particular setup. Now you can take this time to inspect your chassis and associated bushings to see if anything needs to be replaced.
We hope that this article has helped you and you have a better understanding of how to remove the rear lower control arms from your S197 Mustang.
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