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Busted knuckles
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Nov 12, 2017, 4:16 PM

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So I'm trying to replace my sway bar bushings (YouTube) made it look really easy. I cannot get the bolt out for the drivers side. I've tried a nut splitter but now I just have a chewed up nut. Got the end link out ok but can't get the bolt out. Any one have any tricks to help me out?? Thank you


Tom Greenleaf
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Nov 12, 2017, 5:07 PM

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I didn't look up exact type but a common style used forever are a real pest. Sleeve spacer will screw you up rusted to bolt.
Choice: Find the seam and open that up with a chisle and then find a size socket for the wrecked nut if room and can chance wasting the socket hammer it on tight to what's left of the nut use just a bit of PB where it counts for both it should behave.


Other when in a hurry I personally use torches as in Oxy/acet and just cut them out also have to be ready for rubber used to be on fire and keep that out isn't for everyone nor are the tools!


Some by location are too near other things for all options but yes think hard and you can do it just might waste some tools. IDK - YouTube can really help show how to on some things but I think you are stuck with sleeve rusted to bolt and those are a real pest can require real tools to bust those out new ones in are easy or should be,


T



Busted knuckles
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Nov 13, 2017, 5:54 AM

Post #3 of 7 (96 views)
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Thanks but this is just a bolt holding the bracket in. The bracket wraps around the bushing with a flange and a bolt to hold the bracket in. The nut and bolt were so corroded that i can't turn it. Not enough room to get something big enough to just break the bolt and can't get a saw or anything in there. Was hoping i could just snapbit off bit can't get enough torque on it.


Tom Greenleaf
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Nov 13, 2017, 6:07 AM

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OK - Will edit when I look up the part hope to see how it's held in place better. That's a support for a sway bar you are describing not the pins or at the ends just as important to do right. I'll be right back with an edit to see it then suggest what............ Tom..........
Back. Common bushings like this repair part doesn't show nuts if on a stud or bolt thru you buy those separately,


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If those are just bolts thru and can feel both side great - just break them off this time maybe tighten till they break rather than undo/unscrew them. Assorted way to approach this up to nightmares depends on how close what else that matters is what to use.
If anything left of those nuts you should be able to pound on a six point socket preferably an impact type on so tight it will at least break.
If possible use heat already mentioned but need fast glowing heat and fast to (seconds) to remove that nut even strong types of pliers will remove rusted nuts on threaded rod/bolt/stud (whatever it is) if "GLOWING HOT." That's not always a choice and can't by location of other things.


Other: Cutting wheels if need be down to Dremel like things cut stuff away that can be replaced easily to remove fasteners.


Another 'Other" just a cold high quality chisel to shear it all off especially if bolt thru with a blind back side or it may be a body pushed in stud or threaded hole?


Wow - yes - tech do this crap and can take a wild amount of assorted tools for one stupid nut or bolt to get just right so you can replace them properly.
Watch out for the costs involved if giving you enough trouble this isn't worth it for one time work if so. I live in a rust belt area this crap is common so already own all that crap is probably thousand$ in assorted stuff in fact sure that much.


If you get down to drilling this thing out just see what one good drill that would really work costs.


In short - send this out if the hammer on the nut can't work this really could be while you wait stuff for the right shop both experience and well equipped to do this nightmare stuff a lot! (suggest you do both and the end pins too and grease them to death so it isn't a problem ever again)


Tom



(This post was edited by Tom Greenleaf on Nov 13, 2017, 6:31 AM)


Busted knuckles
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Nov 13, 2017, 9:21 AM

Post #5 of 7 (76 views)
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Thanks. Won't be able to get back to it til next weekend. I'll let you know how i make out. Thanks again.


Tom Greenleaf
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Nov 13, 2017, 11:07 AM

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Cool. Just do this till then: Find out the diameter of the bar right there and take a hard look at how solid in place it is now. You are actually better off with MOST (can't speak for everything out there) totally off the vehicle than flopping around with pins at the ends maybe flapping around at things doing some real harm.


The parts with a hunt are NOT expensive nor nuts and bolts for the supports of the bar. Know what it does is when one lower control arm drops or rises with road conditions it's "stabilizing" the other side with a similar movement hence vehicle front stays more level over bumps or especially on curves it doesn't lean as much or very little.
Vehicles over decades did or didn't use these at all or heavy gauge added even one for the rear can't say with this as Caravan alone can be a work van up to a loaded up luxo beast.


Refresh on cautions. Beware of what you try assorted ways what's above or around it to harm so you don't! Again, this fight is so common in places that use ROCK salts on roads for ice and snow lots more corrosive than just time and wet or another salt type. The answer is spray grease stuff you know you need to say free where you might be at later before you get this type problem.
Good luck when you get to it. I'm here and not alone with dealing with unreal rusted stuff so stuck it's near impossible to save and you don't sometimes on to a plan "B" to fix it,


Tom



Busted knuckles
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Nov 18, 2017, 7:40 PM

Post #7 of 7 (50 views)
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SUCCESS!!! Took some time but got everything out finally and all the new parts are in. Nice and quiet now. Thank you everyone. 👍👍






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