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22.05.2007: New boot
Pack the joint with fresh grease and slide a new boot on. Make sure the boot is seated correctly on the rim and use a pair of long nose pliers to fit the retaining ring. Take extra care not to rip the boot.

Lower control arm replacement on a 1996-1998 Saab 900 and 1999-2002 Saab 9-3. The guide also covers polyurethane bushings and ball joint boots. It's not necessary to unbolt the caliper (some pictures show it removed), but it gives you some extra room around the ball joint.

Tools:

  • 32 mm (1¼") socket: axle nut;
  • 24 mm socket: outer poly bushing nut;
  • 24 mm wrench: outer poly busing bolt;
  • 18 mm wrench: ball joint nut;
  • 17 mm socket: wheel bolts;
  • 15 mm socket: control arm to subframe bolt;
  • 13 mm socket: lower sway bar link nut, strut mount nuts;
  • 11 mm wrench: upper part of sway bar link;
  • 10 mm Allen key: caliper bolts (optional);
  • Torx T55 key: original outer bushing bolt;
  • torque wrench;
  • car jack and axle stands;
  • ball joint separator;
  • breaker bar;
  • two pairs of long nose pliers;
  • hacksaw;
  • hammer and rubber mallet.

 

 
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