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need some help. changing struts.

Discussion in 'Off-Topic Discussion' started by mntbiker2008, Feb 28, 2010.

  1. mntbiker2008

    mntbiker2008 [OP] First I derp.. then I herp

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    Hey all, I am changing the struts on the santa fe. The struts are actually connected to the knuckles. Ive got the sway bars disconnected from the struts and everything. Have one of 2 bolts that connect strut to knuckle out but the bottoms are not budging. even hitting them with a hammer and punch doesnt get it. i will post a pic here in a few. What do you guys recommend? Ive also pulled the rotors and callipers off thinking maybe the weight from the brakes might be putting some strain on the bolt but thats not the case.



    thanks!

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    all that liquid on the strut is just pb blaster.

    cv is under the towel
     
  2. bb609

    bb609 O.F.

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    Is that bolt threaded into the knuckle? For tough bolts, I have a 4' length of 2" cast pipe that slides down over my 24" 1/2 drive breaker bar. Not much that it won't move....or break. :notsure:

    Edit - Just noticed the first pic was the other end of the bolt which is probably frozen to the aluminum knuckle. I'd go with ^^^^

    Good luck!
     
  3. mntbiker2008

    mntbiker2008 [OP] First I derp.. then I herp

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    i was able to get it finally... i just took a heavy ass hammer and pounded the livin crap outta it. its only threaded at the end of the bolt. once i got the end inside the knuckle, i just took a big punch and pounded it in there. it was under a little bit of pressure from the spring for some reason.
     
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