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Old 04-04-2012, 08:57 PM   #1
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Help... stupid bolt....

Any thoughts on how to get this stupid bolt out? It's holding my lower control arm on the front axle. I believe the bolt is froze in the inner sleeve of the bushing. I also think the sleeve is spinning within the bushing as well.

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Old 04-04-2012, 08:58 PM   #2
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heat it up. use a butain torch its under 20.00 usually

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Old 04-04-2012, 08:59 PM   #3
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also u can try wd-40 or pb blaster.. let it soak
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Old 04-04-2012, 09:00 PM   #4
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Try an air hammer if you have access to one.
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Old 04-04-2012, 09:07 PM   #5
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a hammer should do it, is it in the air? in the picture it looks like its on the ground. if its not jack it then it should just come out with lite wacks
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Old 04-04-2012, 09:08 PM   #6
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Take the nut off, grab a hammer and tap it through, be careful not to hit it so hard that it mushrooms the end. When you get it into the sleeve then use a punch or your least favorite screwdriver as a punch. Also, please tell me you have that axle complete off the ground with no weight on it whatsoever.
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Old 04-04-2012, 09:18 PM   #7
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No room for a BFH. I've torched it with no luck either. I've got it soaking right now.
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Old 04-04-2012, 09:20 PM   #8
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No room for a BFH. I've torched it with no luck either. I've got it soaking right now.
hmmm tuff one
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Old 04-04-2012, 09:21 PM   #9
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Is there weight on the axle?
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Old 04-04-2012, 09:23 PM   #10
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I've got the rear bushing down from the frame, so no on the weight.
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Old 04-04-2012, 09:25 PM   #11
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Confused, no weight like this? Also, remove your tire and the hammer will fit.
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Old 04-04-2012, 09:31 PM   #12
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The nut is on the inside, so taking the tire off won't do me any good. I can't get a hammer in between the nut and the tail shaft of the front axle.
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Old 04-04-2012, 09:32 PM   #13
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i would take a sawzaw and cut through the rubber and all order new one. if you got it too hot it will melt to the bolt. cut it off IMO
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Looks like you might have enough room for using a thin cutting wheel on an angle grinder. Do one side (on the inside) bang it over and cut the other side. The center section will simply drop out with the control arm.... If you're careful shouldn't cut anything but the bolt and perhaps some of the rubber bushing! It's also a lot easier to use then a sawzall....
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Old 04-04-2012, 09:36 PM   #15
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Ahh, gotcha, I would cut and punch then. Good luck sir.
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Old 04-04-2012, 09:52 PM   #16
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The replacement bushings are super cheap. I just did mine a few weeks ago. So you can pull it out from there but it won't go anymore. I would remove the bolt on the other end. So it's hanging free. That will take all the pressure off it for sure.
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Old 04-05-2012, 05:36 AM   #17
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Tried a pry bar and beating on it, no go. Cut it off with a saws all, but it took a while to cut though that hard bolt. I assume replace it with a Grade-8 bolt?
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Yup
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Old 04-05-2012, 09:21 AM   #19
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I called the dealer and they told me they are different on the front.

CA/Axle: 14mm x 2.0 x 111.6mm (has an eccentric washer for alignment) $17.80
CA/Frame: 14mm x 2.0 x 111.6mm $6.50

Does that sound right?
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Sounds expensive. Lol.
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Old 04-05-2012, 10:52 AM   #21
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The frame side should be a standard bolt. No alignment washer needed.
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Old 04-05-2012, 10:55 AM   #22
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What about the axle side? I don't believe it has one.
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Old 04-05-2012, 11:46 AM   #23
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I had to cut the ones off my CTD when I did my lift. I had to get new ones form the dealer. They where expensive but it wasnt like I had a lot of options. I antisized the crap out of the new ones before I put them in.
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I had to cut the ones off my CTD when I did my lift. I had to get new ones form the dealer. They where expensive but it wasnt like I had a lot of options. I antisized the crap out of the new ones before I put them in.
My thoughts exactly... I'd like to get some adjustable at a later date, as right now the wife is limiting my budget
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Old 04-05-2012, 11:50 AM   #25
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Take the grinder to it. Cut through the bolt and hit it out with a hammer and steel punch. Then replace with nice grade 8 awesomeness.

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