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Old 07-02-2002, 02:18 PM   #1
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Default Driverside front tranny crossmember nut broke...

Okay so while putting the Tranny mount on yesterday I had a little mishap. The bolt is about 3/4 of the way in but both the nut and bolt are spinning freely. I'm trying to figure out if I should go from the top(inside the car....thru the floor board) or from the side(underneath the car towards the inside on the bracket that is welded on) to gain access to the nut so I get the nut and bolt off and use a new set. I am going to get the new nut welded back in and the hole I make welded back also.

Anyone every do something like this?

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Old 07-02-2002, 10:36 PM   #2
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Nope.

Which bolt broke? The single 14 MM one, or one of the other ones that come in pairs?
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Old 07-02-2002, 10:46 PM   #3
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17mm actually, it holds the cross member to the body on the drivers side.

I actually fixed it tonight after work, just have to get the nut welded back in now.

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Old 07-03-2002, 12:19 AM   #4
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Default Happened to me!

Same thing happened to me. I used a hole cutting bit on a drill and made a whole big enough to fit a wrench in the cavity. I then had to remove the bold the holds the control arm on. Once I was able to get a wrench on the nut that broke loose I was able to back out the bolt. I just used a new bolt and nut and was fine. I blocked the whole cut in the cavity with a rubber plug like the ones in the firewall.
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Old 07-03-2002, 12:38 AM   #5
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So did ya actually drill through the firewall or the cavity. I ended up going through the firewall, I got lucky the first hole was were I needed it.

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Glad I'm not the only one who has done this.
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Old 07-03-2002, 01:14 AM   #6
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I drilled the flat side of the cavity that's faces the front of the car that's why I had to remove the control arm bolt.
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Old 04-29-2005, 12:52 PM   #7
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Sorry to bump an old post, but this is the only post I can find that actually seems to have any answers to this issue (others mention the problem, but never seem to have an actual solution anywhere in the post).

This same thing happened to me this past weekend when we were installing a new clutch kit in my '99 2.5RS, except it was the passenger-side nut that popped its welds and is freely spinning.

While I get the gist of the fix described above, I don't gather exactly where I need to drill to be able to access this nut. I see that one of you drilled the firewall and the other drilled near the rear of the control arm, but any additional location info would be GREATLY appreciated.

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