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Today I was replacing the control arms along with all 4 of the engine/trans mounts on my 07 Spectra with 170,000. After I got the knuckle & CV out of the way the control arm bolt closest to the front of the car felt as if it had snapped but what actually happened is the captive/welded nut inside the subframe must have broke and is spinning freely. After a quick glance around I don't see any access inside the subframe to hold the nut while removing and replacing the bolt.

Has anyone else experienced this issue or any suggestions? Im guessing I will need to cut the frame open to access this but that seems awfully sketchy & the frame is very narrow in that area.
Thanks in advance for any suggestions, Justin.
 

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2019 Kia Sportage. SX with AWD. 2.0L Direct Injected Turbocharged & Intercooled Gas.
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You have two choices.....burn the bolt off with a fire wrench or get out the saws-all and have at it.
Quite a big job for a shade tree mechanic.....hope you have a lift!
Good luck! Let us know how you make out!
 
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