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HELP! Lower strut bolt wont come out...

Discussion in '1st Gen. Tacomas (1995-2004)' started by edavidso, May 12, 2011.

  1. May 12, 2011 at 4:49 PM
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    edavidso

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    So i have tried removing the ball joint on the upper control arm to get the Lower control arm down enough to get the tension off the bolt, but no luck. Im thinking it may be rusted to the metal sleeve inside the lower strut eye...I can turn the bolt without too much effort, but it also turns the metal sleeve inside the strut eye. I have tried pounding it out with a hammer and a 12" piece of rebar...but all that did was screw up the end of the bolt to where the nut wont go on anymore. I tried spraying Deep Creep in the area to loosen the bolt/sleeve, still no luck. Any Advice? I thought about cutting out the bolt, since i dont need the strut anymore...but if I did that, where could I get another bolt? Is it a specific grade bolt or would something from Home Depot work? Any advice is appreciated...
     
  2. May 12, 2011 at 4:58 PM
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    jberry813

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    Here's a lil something I learned in the toyota retirement home.
    Put your bottle jack to use. Works like a charm and takes the pressure off the bolt.

    Stealership will have the bolt.

    [​IMG]
     
  3. May 12, 2011 at 5:03 PM
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    Matic

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    Yup. The standard.
     
  4. May 12, 2011 at 5:19 PM
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    I switched to using a quick grip clamp (or two) in spreader configuration instead of the bottle jack after it fell on my hand trying to get said bolt free. Way easier to use in my opinion and the rubber pads hold it in place much better.

    As far as getting that bolt out, I had the same issue where it was seized in the lower eye bushing. Unfortunately I didn't have more than a day to mess with it so I ended up letting the mechanic deal with it. I had buggered up the end of the bolt as well in my attempts, a few minutes with the dremel cleaned up the end of the bolt so I could get the nut back on. If you can, give it a few days of applying your Deep Creep (or whatever you've got) and then try again.

    If you end up cutting the bolt out you can always get a replacement from the dealer. If I remember it's got a flanged bolt head. Almost certainly it's grade 8 (or the metric equivalent). Might be able to find it at a hardware store.
     
  5. May 12, 2011 at 5:59 PM
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  6. May 12, 2011 at 6:07 PM
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    I had to use one of these. It worked like a charm. (You can rent them from Advanced Auto and just return it when done.) I used the 3 finger 3 inch and I have also used a 2 finger and they both worked.
     
  7. May 12, 2011 at 8:00 PM
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    Thanks to all the advise, i just tried the jack on the upper control arm...it worked great to get the extension i need but like Enigmaaron said, the bolt is seized in the lower eye of the strut. I am amazed it hasnt popped out. I was able to get a smaller rod through the hole that holds the sway bar link, which gave a pretty straight shot at the bolt and i pounded...maybe im a weakling but it didnt budge at all...I tried a whole bunch of positions with the jack to try and get the perfect extension, but nothing. I could see the bolt wiggling, but it just wont budge laterally...ive put about a half a can of anit seize on it...maybe ill have to let it sit overnight...other than that im out of ideas. I have an angle grinder that i kinda tried and I can get it into where I can cut out the bolt...has anyone tried this? Will the shock shoot out at me if i get all the way through? Problem is if i cut the bolt, but still cant get it out...i have no way to get the truck to a shop to get er done...
     
  8. May 12, 2011 at 8:18 PM
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    2TRunner Don't give up here just yet

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    Heat.

    or Drill it out, try the heat 1st.

    Don't heat the bolt, heat the area around the bolt then work the bolt back and forth or try to knock out.

    Just saw...97...ouch, yeah, heat. (and patience)

    Be careful though.
     
  9. May 12, 2011 at 8:23 PM
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    If you loosen the top three bolts then push the upper control arm down you can easily tell when the coilover is unloaded because it will wiggle around. Then you don't have to worry about it shooting out or anything if you cut the bolt. If you only sprayed it with anti seize stuff today give it a couple days or so if you can to work on the bolt. Apply more each day, let it work, then see if you can get it out.
     
  10. May 12, 2011 at 8:35 PM
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    Heat and WD40/PB Blaster have never failed me. I had some serious rust going on on my bolts from living in a snow area. When I changed my lift for a new one I had to use heat and PB Blaster. Don't give up just keep pounding it.
     
  11. Jan 30, 2012 at 1:14 PM
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    Got the same problem finished driver side added new strut, went to passanger side and the lower strut nut came off bolt the bolt just spins and won't come out tried hammering but it aint't moving. Letting wd40 soak while i try to find some new tricks to use
     
  12. Jan 30, 2012 at 3:45 PM
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    Reciprocating Saw with metal cutting blade works wonders... Obviously you'll need a new bold/nut if it's not supplied...
     
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