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Old 01-29-2010, 10:28 PM   #1
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Default What is the easiest way to take out the bottom 2 19mm bolts on struts?

What is the easiest way to take out the bottom 2 19mm bolts on struts? Because i was trying to take out the struts to put in new ones. i been working all day and i think i stripped the head of one of the bolts already. and i can take the top bolt off but the bottem one is always the hardest one. I used PB blaster and also WD40 but it still wont move. i haven't tried air tools yet though. can anyone help with some advice. Thanks
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Old 01-29-2010, 11:44 PM   #2
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3-5 ft breaker bar.

but yea, if you've stripped the bolt head, then that might only make things worse. You should get a replacement bolt handy in case you need to cut it off or if it is unusable after removing because you can't torque it down properly.
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Old 01-29-2010, 11:56 PM   #3
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Don't try to turn the bolt. Try to turn the nut.
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Old 01-30-2010, 12:03 AM   #4
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Yeah the breaker bar stripped the bolt head actually. How would you cut it off if it is stripped?
Also, do you know where i can get an extra bolts?
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Would you actually know where i can get some studs for the 5x100 wheels too?
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Old 01-30-2010, 12:04 AM   #5
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Corded impact wrench. See if you can rent it from home depot.

Worked amazingly well on my car which has been driven in salty road for years.
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Old 01-30-2010, 12:04 AM   #6
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Don't try to turn the bolt. Try to turn the nut.
the thing with that is that also the axle sometimes gets in the way or its to damn hard to turn in the small space.
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Old 01-30-2010, 12:05 AM   #7
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Corded impact wrench. See if you can rent it from home depot.

Worked amazingly well on my car which has been driven in salty road for years.
okay i shall see if one of my friends has this. and i shall give it another shot tomorrow morning
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Old 01-30-2010, 12:07 AM   #8
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I bought one from Home depot for $190 and it has worked amazingly well. Used it to replace struts, springs, knuckles, etc.
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Old 01-30-2010, 12:21 AM   #9
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damn im not really trying to buy it, do you remember how much was it to rent it?
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Old 01-30-2010, 12:32 AM   #10
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When I did mine, I sprayed a ton of pb blaster on it overnight.
Then use a wrench, a rubber mallet, and slowly hammered it loose.
As for tools, buy it on CC, use it then return when you're done.
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Old 01-30-2010, 12:36 AM   #11
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using mallet is another excellent idea... renting tool is free; you will need to pay full retail which will be refunded upon return of the tool.
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I bought one from Home depot for $190 and it has worked amazingly well. Used it to replace struts, springs, knuckles, etc.
which one did you buy?
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Old 01-30-2010, 01:02 AM   #13
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which one did you buy?
he bought the corded impact wrench

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Corded impact wrench. See if you can rent it from home depot.

Worked amazingly well on my car which has been driven in salty road for years.
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Old 01-30-2010, 01:12 AM   #14
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does anyone know where i could get extra 19mm bolts?
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Old 01-30-2010, 01:13 AM   #15
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he bought the corded impact wrench
i meant which brand/model
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Old 01-30-2010, 01:18 AM   #16
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does anyone know where i could get extra 19mm bolts?

but a set of camber bolts, they are like $20

but you can find nuts and bolts at ACE if you have one around you..

as for taking those bolts off, you really had a hard time? i can usually break those loose very easily lol they have plenty of metal to grab onto, im surprised you stripped them
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Old 01-30-2010, 01:27 AM   #18
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yeah they were rusted hella bad stock suspension from back in 02. i only stripped 1 and tried another and it was bad news so i didnt even attempt to fully do it. 5hours = 1strut gone. :O
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does anyone know where i could get extra 19mm bolts?
I would get them from the dealer, but it is more expensive.
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do you know how much it would be from a dealer by anychance? cause i was just thinking of winchester
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yeah they were rusted hella bad stock suspension from back in 02. i only stripped 1 and tried another and it was bad news so i didnt even attempt to fully do it. 5hours = 1strut gone. :O

that really sucks lol.. soak them in PB Blaster
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Old 01-30-2010, 01:59 AM   #22
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ohh i did trust me half can is gone :O
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Hammer on an 18 mm an use an pneumatic impact gun. done deal
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Old 01-30-2010, 02:29 AM   #24
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@newbuggy you think so?
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What is the easiest way to take out the bottom 2 19mm bolts on struts? Because i was trying to take out the struts to put in new ones. i been working all day and i think i stripped the head of one of the bolts already. and i can take the top bolt off but the bottem one is always the hardest one. I used PB blaster and also WD40 but it still wont move. i haven't tried air tools yet though. can anyone help with some advice. Thanks
For the stripped bolt - sears makes damaged bolt/nut removal kits
http://www.sears.com/shc/s/p_10153_12605_00952166000P

PB plaster it take a little while to penetrate - I would give it at least 30 minutes to soak in.

For replacement bolts the dealer or a place like autozone or napa would be the place to go - the guys at the desk will be able to help you find what you need and make sure it is a high enough grade for your application.
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