I recently purchased a 2004 TJ Sahara and it has some tow brackets mounted to it as the previous towed it with motor home, I will do the same but with different brackets. My problem is that the driver's side bracket is bolted thru the frame and into the steering gear box and the bolts will not remove. If I press it they will ring off. What is the steering box made of? Any ideas on what to do? The bumper is bent and I have a new one to replace it but can't get the old one off. Thanks in advance for your help.
St. Louis originally. Heat from a blow torch is your best friend. If that don't work drill them out. Heat is like magic though. If your near springfield mo and need help pm me.
Thanks but I'm in SC, was in St. Louis last year and enjoyed it. I know heat is good for removing stubborn bolts but what about seals or bearings or what ever in the gear box. Would be afraid to heat it too much.
Being that the steering gear mount bolts do not have exposed nuts, rather they are secured by threads tapped into the gear, you will have a tough time getting penetrating oil at the threads where it would do some good. That is also a large chunk of metal to heat. I think applying enough heat to break the bolts free will damage the steering gear. I know, not being very optimistic here. Might be better off cutting the heads off and dealing with it off the Jeep. The last thing you want is for the bolts to break off flush at the steering gear.
Can you post a pick of the towbar mount? Was it manufactured or home fabbed? I'm just curious because I integrated my towbar mounts into the bumper when I built it. Seems like using the steering gear bolts for support would be detrimental to ground clearance.
After a little thought, and some quick yahoo research to confirm, I remembered that the bolts do not thread into blind holes. They are open on the back side so spray away. PB Blaster is very good stuff. Sorry for the confusion, it's been two years since I changed one. I do remember they had thread locker on the bolts so a little heat may help but don't over do it.