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pcb

The Diagram Dude
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2002 mazda protege 5
No...

Stuck oil rings have nothing to do with compression unless your cylinder head is completely fouled.
 

pcb

The Diagram Dude
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2002 mazda protege 5
Compression rings can't stop the oil from getting past them though.
 

pcb

The Diagram Dude
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2002 mazda protege 5
That does sound like valve seals unless the oil wasn't all burned off when you had the car running.

You checked the plugs without starting the car?
 
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2003 Mazda Protege5
Here’s where I’m at currently
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I can’t get it out any further and I tried lifting up on the control arm to take the weight off the bolt but no dice
 

pcb

The Diagram Dude
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2002 mazda protege 5
That's odd??

They must have installed the bolt somehow so it should come out??

Maybe the frame is bent so now you don't have clearance??

Could you cut the bolt and replace it?

Is there clearance to install the bolt from the other side??
 
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2003 Mazda Protege5
The other end goes into a subframe bracket. I have clearance for it to come out there’s just weight on in holding it in and it’s in too tight of an area to really be able to pull on it
 

pcb

The Diagram Dude
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2002 mazda protege 5
Did you disconnect/remove the strut??

That is your control arm right?
 

pcb

The Diagram Dude
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2002 mazda protege 5
That bolt is labeled the first to be removed but if you disconnect the ball joint, it might take the pressure off the control arm.
You can wobble the strut out of the way.
 

pcb

The Diagram Dude
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2002 mazda protege 5
Maybe push the bolt back in so you don't damage the threads.

I don't remember getting hung up on that bolt so maybe I disconnected the ball joint first?
 
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2003 Mazda Protege5
All the bolts are out and the ball joint “clamp” is loose but it won’t come out. Won’t budge with a sledge hammer
 

pcb

The Diagram Dude
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2002 mazda protege 5
I used a chisel and put it in the crack of the "clamp" and hammered on it to open it up.
 

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