Rear Suspension - Removal of lock bolt? - Ideas
Posted 20 December 2007 - 07:46 AM
It seems to have rusted firmly in place, I have taken the weight of the rear of the car up on the bold in an attempt to shift it. Belted and tried turning the TLPB in an effort to free up the lock bolt wih no success & used genourous amounts of WD40.
Really don't want to take the entire A-arm and dif cross member out, I just want to swap both struts. Has anyone got any ideas on how to remove the bolt. Haymes manual is not particulry helpful, it just says 'remove the lock bolt'.
Posted 20 December 2007 - 08:40 AM
Hope the above helps.
Posted 20 December 2007 - 01:06 PM
Posted 21 December 2007 - 09:23 PM
On my car there is a bolt-like wedge fastener in the centre of the suspension arm to prevent the shaft from sliding forward or back (as if!),
It is usually the pivot bolt that is difficult to get out. Have you tried heating it up with a oxy torch or butane torch?
Have you tried a longer extension bar on the socket handle to get more leverage, be careful as you can easily snap it off.
Sorry we are not much help, if it snaps off then the whole lot has to come out anyway so you can drill it out so maybe it is safer to take it out now so you can attack it with more freedom.
If you decide to remove the bushes then my advice is to take the trailing arm to Pedders and get them to press them out, it is money well spent.
Posted 21 December 2007 - 10:26 PM
Sorry if I am off the mark as to what you are trying to achieve, just sounded like the process that I went through.
Posted 27 December 2007 - 09:02 AM
It has never given me any trouble in the 3 or so cars I have dismantled the rear end from, except the first time I did it and was trying to drive it out the wrong way :-\
Its usually the spindle/pivot bolt thats the tricky one.
Posted 02 January 2008 - 01:33 PM
Gilltech : That sounds like a lot of work for something that should just come apart, hopefully its not going to be that hard.
warrenz : You are correct, I am talking about the bolt-like wedge fastener in the centre of the suspension arm.
Unfortunately I can't get a socket or much else on it as the head is round and flush with the top to the arm.
As far as I can tell you should be able to knock it up and out, there is a thread on the part below the A-arm, it but that appears to only be for a nut to stop it rattling loose (talk about over engineered)
JP : I am assuming this lock bolt has to go up, I think I worked out the pivot bolt slides out towards the rear per Haymes manual.
Any ideas appreciated
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