Hi guys, (first post!),
I changed the front driver lower-ball-joint but cannot get its housing (steering knuckle) to line up/bolt onto the strut. The problem is that the strut's screw mounts are angled inward, but the knuckle's aren't (see attached pic).
Do I need to compress the strut to get the knuckle to line up, or is there a trick to this I am missing? I tried compressing the spring last night with some strut spring compressors, but the strut was still stuck in the down position.
I came up with an idea last night but have yet to try it : Would it be possible to bolt all of the other suspension components back on and then thread an allen key (or just any bit of metal that will fit) through both the strut and knuckle mounting holes, then lower the car? Shouldn't that allow the holes to line up, or is this a bad/unsafe idea?
I attached a picture of what I'm talking about with the issue boxed in red.