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Hello, New here and looking for some quick advise. I have a friend who has a 2011 Mazda 2 that is in need of some front lower ball joints. Instead of pressing out the ball joint, I'm just going to replace the complete control arm, being that the cost is only another 50 dollars total, and I dont want to be in a scenario where something goes wrong and shes out of a car for a few days.

I've already reviewed it, the pinch bolt came out easily while I was doing the brakes, but was curious about replacement bolts. It might be a simple reuse kind of thing, but the german cars I work on all have control arm bolt kits for cheap, which is always nice. Does anyone here replace these bolts?

Is there anything else to watch out for when replacing these control arms?

Does anyone have a fix for the radio? Is it a simple circuit board re-solder kind of thing

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Hello, New here and looking for some quick advise. I have a friend who has a 2011 Mazda 2 that is in need of some front lower ball joints. Instead of pressing out the ball joint, I'm just going to replace the complete control arm, being that the cost is only another 50 dollars total, and I dont want to be in a scenario where something goes wrong and shes out of a car for a few days.

I've already reviewed it, the pinch bolt came out easily while I was doing the brakes, but was curious about replacement bolts. It might be a simple reuse kind of thing, but the german cars I work on all have control arm bolt kits for cheap, which is always nice. Does anyone here replace these bolts?

Is there anything else to watch out for when replacing these control arms?

Does anyone have a fix for the radio? Is it a simple circuit board re-solder kind of thing

Thanks
Hmmm, Surprised no one answered.

Given when you wrote this, that project would have been completed.

But for others, yes the bolts are all reusable and the job is easy to complete.
 

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Best is to replace the radio instead of it reoccuring , lots of issues with it if you have the standard CD mp3 player. Even dual dins are cheap now with cellular control and bluetooth usb etch.
 
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