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Old 02-20-2010, 05:57 PM   #1
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Stuck rear track bar

Trying to replace the rear track bar and Im pretty well stumped, as Im fighting against 10yrs of rust/corrosion/etc.

Got the axle end loose easy enough. Trouble is the frame/chasis side. I think the bolt is rusted into the metal sleeve (within the bushing). Im racking my brain and searching the web for an answer to this one.

What I have tried:
-pull it out (lol)
-BFH (Big F'in Hammer) it out (bracket was actually bending a little, so stopped that asap)
-PB Blaster (helped with the nut, not the sleeve/bolt)

Im debating cutting it off, but then I need to find, at the very least, a new bolt, and possibly a new sleeve, although I suspect with better access I will eventually be able to work the sleeve off. Im also not too worried about salvaging the old, factory track bar, so cutting it is an option if it comes to that.

Any ideas? Thoughts?

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Old 02-20-2010, 06:13 PM   #2
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I'm not sure where it's located, but is it possible to hit it with a torch and get it heated up?

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Old 02-20-2010, 06:16 PM   #3
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You can also try pitman arm puller and see if that'll do the trick.
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The new bar comes with new sleeves.......so Im leaning pretty heavily toward cut it and hope to God I can find a replacement bolt (Im sure I can, just a matter of how easily and how long I have to wait for it). I would worry about lighting the rubber bushing with a torch (and I dont have one anyway), and in what little I know about a pitman arm puller, the angle would be pretty tough to work with.
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I'm not sure where it's located, but is it possible to hit it with a torch and get it heated up?
It's the bar at the rear of the Jeep right in front of the gas tank that is connected to the axle on the drivers side and the frame on the passenger side. It keeps the rear axle from moving side to side.
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The new bar comes with new sleeves.......so Im leaning pretty heavily toward cut it and hope to God I can find a replacement bolt (Im sure I can, just a matter of how easily and how long I have to wait for it). I would worry about lighting the rubber bushing with a torch (and I dont have one anyway), and in what little I know about a pitman arm puller, the angle would be pretty tough to work with.

if you can cut it then go right ahead. you'll have a new sleeve so any damage to that is negated. and don't worry about the bolt, its a 1/2" i think, can't remember the length, but bring the old bolt with you to the hardware shop and grab a grade 8. i don't think there's a tee nut on the end of that bolt, so just buy the matching nut and washer to go with the new bolt and you're set.


i had a similar problem with my track bar axle mount.... took about three hours of time to get it off, i ended up using a bolt extractor to break the rusted seal on the tee nut after the torx threads had been stripped. GL!
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Yep just broke down and cut it. Replacement bolt was maybe $2 with the nut, so much easier than fighting the rust and no harm done.
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can ya get a air hammer with a pickle fork under the head .

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