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whitejeep 03-13-2011 11:35 AM

track bar help
I cant get the track bar bolt out on the driver side. I've tapped it with a hammer, tried to wiggle it out, sprayed some lubricant around the bolt and cursed at it some. Still nothing, no movement.

Jerry Bransford 03-13-2011 11:59 AM

Use a long breaker bar on it for more leverage.

whitejeep 03-13-2011 12:24 PM

I've given it hell but nothing. I have the wheels off though. Is that maybe putting the bolt under more tension and not causing it to move? Should I put the wheels back on and set the jeep on the ground and try again. Or do I just need to man up and get the bolt out?

GroundHawg 03-13-2011 12:32 PM

Try the breaker bar, if that doesn't cut it put a cheater on the breaker bar. If that doesn't work try to see if an impact gun will get in there.

If no dice still, light it up with a torch and breaker it. Use caution though. You don't want to combust the Kroll or Blaster you sprayed all over it

whitejeep 03-13-2011 12:38 PM

I've got the nut off just can't get the bolt to slide out. I put my 3' crow bar on it and it doesnt move. Can't really get a good hit with a hammer on it good because of its location.

GroundHawg 03-13-2011 12:50 PM

Oh :rofl:

If it's got a pin, cut it flush. Now put the nut back on and twist the hell out of it to break that dirt and rust up. Then try tapping it out

whitejeep 03-13-2011 12:56 PM

I GOT IT!!!!! Seeing the track bar fall out was almost better than sex........almost.

GroundHawg 03-13-2011 01:03 PM

what did you do?

Wheel2Work 03-13-2011 01:54 PM

Did you smack the mount with the hammer instead of the track bar end? That usually frees up the end, as it allows the conical hole to elongate a little bit...

Presuming it was the front track bar :)

whitejeep 03-13-2011 07:12 PM

I soaked it with PB Catalyst, tapped it with a hammer and repeated every 10 minutes for about a hour. Then used my floor jack to compress the suspension. I set the end of my crowbar on the top of the bolt with the crowbar perpendicular to the bolt. Then with my dead blow hammer, smacked the hell out of it. I used the crowbar so I could get a good swing at it. I was hard getting a good hit on it where it was located. I am now the proud owner of new front adjustable track bar and JKS disconnects.

neverfastenough1 03-13-2011 08:14 PM

I had a time with that, too, but a hammer and a fork popped the ball joint out without damaging the boot for future reference.

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