Two words...TQ WRENCH!carzoni said:trying to install drop springs..The two 17 mm bolts holding the lower end of the strut to the hub assembly are completely rusted--- tried PB blaster and liquid wrench... what else, I dont have a pneumatic /hydrualic torque wrench or any torches to heat it up... I got a quote of $250 (5.5 hours labor) to install the 4 drop springs, which is way more than I can pay... any ideas?
Wtf! I meant to say impact wrench...UNISH25 said:Two words...TQ WRENCH!
That thing will come off in two seconds rusted or not!!!!
You don't need hydraulic torque wrenches...get an electrical one!
It's well worth it!!! Trust mE!!!!
well, the biggest issue is the years of sand, grit, and rust that lock up the lower bolts. My car is a 97, therefore, when I had to remove the assembly, it already had over 5 years of crud to work through when I had to get those bolts off.Mervic said:So a lot of people are having problems with removing shocks and springs.
I agree. I guess it is a good practice to loosen some bolts on your suspenson and torque it back again to make sure the time you need to replace parts it will be easy enough to do it. Heck I am rebuilding the suspension of my car, Pulsar 1989, and I removed every parts at the front suspension. Not easy but I have no choice.1997 GA16DE said:well, the biggest issue is the years of sand, grit, and rust that lock up the lower bolts. My car is a 97, therefore, when I had to remove the assembly, it already had over 5 years of crud to work through when I had to get those bolts off.
I would put the other bolt you removed back on while you haven't removed the bottom one. It is pretty dangerous to be driving with only one bolt and without a nut. If that bolt comes off, well lets just say you will have more expensive parts to replace and possibly of getting into an accident once that happen(hint: your car will drop like a bomb and you will have no steering whatsoever since the strut acts as a steering pivot like the lower ball joint and those strut to knuckle bolts holds the weight of the car to the spindle and connects the upper and lower suspension). Since you removed the nut off the bolt already, take a center punch and hammer it out. You probably replacing the struts anyways so damaging it should be fine. Once you remove the bolt, I suggest to use an anti-seize compound for ease on future repair.bvtran said:Damn, that SoB strut-to-knuckle bolt still won't come out. I have beaten the crap out of it, rounded it head badly, and I have been driving with no nut on the its end and it still doesn't move over a week now!!!! I am thinking about removing the whole entire spindle along with it and get another spindle from the junk yard. So, guys, how hard is it to take the spindle off? Do I have to mess around with the CV Joint and it's boot? I have no problem bleeding the brake hose but there is some huge joint there... Any suggestions?