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Need help removing leaf springs

Discussion in '1st Gen. Tacomas (1995-2004)' started by 19tacoma98, Feb 4, 2009.

  1. Feb 4, 2009 at 9:59 PM
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    19tacoma98

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    My truck is on jack stands, and i am trying to remove my stock leaf springs off of my 98 4x4 tacoma but i can not get the springs to come off of the shackle. the inside plate is off but the leaf will not slide out...any advice?
    :help:

    Thank you
     
  2. Feb 4, 2009 at 10:02 PM
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  3. Feb 4, 2009 at 10:04 PM
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    sorry for not having a pic, but iv tried the hammer, didnt budge
     
  4. Feb 4, 2009 at 10:08 PM
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    mneuls

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    lots of wd40 might do the trick. I like to use "nuts off"
     
  5. Feb 4, 2009 at 10:08 PM
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    Ohhhh yeah...I can remember those days. It ain't fun.....
    The metal sleeve in the bushing is probably fused to the shackle.

    Have you sprayed the area with penetrating lubricant? (PB blaster)
    Spray it and spray it some more and let it soak, and spray it some more. If you're really LUCKY, that'll help.

    On my old 96 - I had to get a spring shop to torch the stuff off. Ultimately, it destroys the bushings in the process.
     
  6. Feb 4, 2009 at 10:10 PM
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    iv tried that too man, nothing..i swear its welded on there or im just doing something totally wrong, should just slide off to the inside am i right?

    iv only tried WD 40 does something work better for this?
     
  7. Feb 4, 2009 at 10:11 PM
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    plenty.......
    post up a pic of what you're working with here
     
  8. Feb 4, 2009 at 10:15 PM
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    If you can get your hands on some kroil, that would be the best. "It's the only oil that creeps"
     
  9. Feb 4, 2009 at 10:19 PM
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    i know this is a terrible pic but its the best one i have for right now
    [​IMG]
    right behide the pipe is the shackle, i have the nuts off of the shackle and the inside plate removed, but the leaf wont come out
     
  10. Feb 4, 2009 at 10:20 PM
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    is it hard to find?
     
  11. Feb 4, 2009 at 10:23 PM
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    it's easy if you do industrial work. i've never seen it at napa. you could try pounding a wedge shaped piece of wood in there, it's worked for me before.
     
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    Just in case you're not familiar with what the shackles look like....
    You already removed the plate. The other parts of the shackle are all-one-piece (like C shaped).
    [​IMG]

    What happens, is the metal sleeve inside the bushing will rust/fuse to the shackle pin making it nearly impossible to remove. If you've tried PB BLaster or Kroil and let it soak for atleast an hour (or days)....

    You might need to torch the stuff off and/or CUT the shackle.
     
  13. Feb 5, 2009 at 9:21 AM
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    okay i will try the PB blaster today but i cant afford to cut the shackles, then i would have nothing to drive until the new ones came in and i cant afford them right now
     
  14. Feb 5, 2009 at 10:03 AM
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    Crow bar. You may need to lift the truck up some more. It could be bound.
     
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    Janster is 100%. There is a good chance that you will have to use a torch to get it off.
     
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    If you lack a torch, use a sawzall and get to cutting between the leaf and the shackle. I went through this same thing on an old Mustang years ago. You're not alone! :)
     
  17. Feb 5, 2009 at 4:15 PM
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    try freezing it and knocking it out with hammer. computer duster will work
     
  18. Feb 5, 2009 at 4:17 PM
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    hard to tell by that pic whats going on but just trying to through anything out there before you have to go to torching or something to that extent
     
  19. Feb 5, 2009 at 4:25 PM
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    here is a better pic of the situation if it helps

    [​IMG]
     
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    definitely gonna need new eye bolts..............and if the shackles are bad...replace them too. when i put in my new springs back in the summer.............i had to cut/ torch the springs/bolts to remove them..................the bushing sleeve was rusted solid to the bushing. it wasnt fun by any means. if you can get new bolts................just cut them springs/bolts outta the way.
     
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