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....the shop manual says the following after installing the new control arms, first without fully tightening the bolts where arm attaches to chassis -->

Install the front wheels. Refer to Tire and Wheel Removal and Installation in SI.
•Lower the vehicle.
•Bounce the vehicle several times to settle the suspension.
•Check and adjust the wheel alignment. Refer to Front End Alignment in SI.
•Tighten the NEW control arm to subframe retaining bolt.

This makes sense except they aren't clear as to whether you're supposed to tighten the bolts while the car is in the air or while the suspension is loaded. Once you jack-up the car, the suspension will be unloaded and will need to be settled again, right?

Anyone know what the best procedure would be for this? What good is bouncing it if it's going to be "unbounced" again when you jack it back up? Access to the bolt might be touch without the car on a lift unless you on an alignment rack.
 

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Tighten with the weight of the car on the wheels. Good place to do it is on the alignment rack. Put the car on the rack, bounce couple times then tighten it down.

Once its all tight align the car. Thats how we do it at work.


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