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Sway bar removal problem.

Discussion in '2nd Gen. Tacomas (2005-2015)' started by The tacoman, Nov 11, 2010.

  1. Nov 11, 2010 at 12:04 PM
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    The tacoman

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    I was trying to remove my sway bar this morning and I could not get the top bolt to budge. It appears to be a little rusted. The two bolts on the frame look fine, but its the upper one I have been having problems with. I sprayed it down with WD40 and am letting it sit currently, hopefully that works. If not has anyone else run into this problem, or have any bright ideas?
     
  2. Nov 11, 2010 at 12:08 PM
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    using a breaking bar worked for me.
     
  3. Nov 11, 2010 at 12:11 PM
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    x2. or if you dont have a bar, try using 2 box wrenches connected together, like so:

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  4. Nov 11, 2010 at 12:17 PM
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    Pretty clever with the box wrenches. Never seen that before. Guess Ill go give it a shot.
     
  5. Nov 11, 2010 at 12:26 PM
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    I was impressed when that trick was passed on to me also. It actually gives you a good amount of leverage! Not as much as a breaker bar, but it works :thumbsup:
     
  6. Nov 11, 2010 at 12:28 PM
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    be careful not to slip if you do the wrench thing, i've racked my knuckles so many times doing that
     
  7. Nov 11, 2010 at 12:28 PM
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    This happens too...you might want to set up the wrenches, and tap the bottom with a hammer a couple times
     
  8. Nov 11, 2010 at 12:29 PM
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    or stick a pipe on the end of your socket wrench
     
  9. Nov 11, 2010 at 12:30 PM
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    thats what i usually do
     
  10. Nov 11, 2010 at 12:58 PM
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    oh yea, ive doen the wrench trick many times. It works perfectly. (do not buy cheap ratchets, You will break those bastards so fast)
     
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    18" steel pipe from home depot. Comes in handy so many times. I got one wide enough to fit over my pipe wrench, ratchet & wise grips. Cost about $11...
     
  12. Nov 11, 2010 at 1:57 PM
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    That's how I got my bell-housing bolts off when I pulled the engine on my nova :D
     
  13. Nov 11, 2010 at 2:54 PM
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    Well I got it off finally. After getting all of the bolts/nuts off the hardest part was actually getting the sway bar out from the truck. Ended up having to take both of the tires off and having my wife help me twist it the the right way. Do you always have to take a tire off to get it out?
     
  14. Nov 11, 2010 at 2:56 PM
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    much easier to just take off the 2 cross bars under the sway bar, so that it drops straight down
     
  15. Nov 11, 2010 at 2:59 PM
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    Yeah that thought crossed my mind as i'd already taken the tire off. Wasn't sure if that would be the easiest way or not. Guess ill do that next time. Thanks.
     
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