Driver side front lower control arm replacement problems
So I have a rattling noise in my 3 when going over small bumps. Replaced driver side front strut bearing, inner and outer tie rods, and sway bar end links. None of those seemed to do anything for the noises. Ordered lower control arm and tried putting it on today, except there was some issues that I encountered. I have a 2.0L A/T and right off the bat the bolt holding the ball joint in would not budge. I hit it with PB blaster, undid nut, more PB blaster, tried loosening bolt but just spins, hit it with 3 lb hammer but it doesn't move. So I skip that and go to front bushing bolt. While loosening it I notice I don't have enough clearance to remove bolt without taking out transmission drain pan. Great, a whole other job I have to do completely unrelated to suspension, not to mention I had already dropped the pan and flushed the fluid about 6 months ago. Is there something I'm missing or is this just the dumbest design of lower control arm bushing and bolt/transmission pan placement ever?
2010 Mazda3 Sedan Black Mica
2.0L MZR Auto