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Old 07-10-2013, 12:16 AM   #1
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1998 Legacy: Today, I was going to swap out my rear diff and rear lateral links. But I encountered a bit of an issue doing this.

When I tried to get the long bolt out of the lateral links to hub, they seem to be frozen in place and won't turn, despite getting the nut off(off one side at least). As well, the alignment bolt that connects the lateral link to the cross member is frozen to the inner sleeve on the bushing.

Any advice on how to get them off? I have replacement bolts that aren't rusty from the junkyard car.
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Old 07-10-2013, 07:48 AM   #2
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1998 Legacy: Today, I was going to swap out my rear diff and rear lateral links. But I encountered a bit of an issue doing this.

When I tried to get the long bolt out of the lateral links to hub, they seem to be frozen in place and won't turn, despite getting the nut off(off one side at least). As well, the alignment bolt that connects the lateral link to the cross member is frozen to the inner sleeve on the bushing.

Any advice on how to get them off? I have replacement bolts that aren't rusty from the junkyard car.
spray a lot of liquid penetrant at the head of the bolt and every joint the entire length. let stand and apply lots more, let stand. and apply more. try turning the bolt with an impact wrench. you can try to hammer out to loosen. As a last resort you may need to cut the bolt and punch out in sections. you can't heat the bolt as you'll burn bushings. apply anti seize liberally on the new bolt and threads.
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Old 07-10-2013, 08:15 AM   #3
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get a sawsall and start cutting

they arent gonna come off...you will need all new lateral links and replace the trailing link too...and ALL the hardware

no sense ****ing around....just cut and replace
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Old 07-10-2013, 09:46 AM   #4
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Argh. I was afraid of such a thing. Don't want to replace everything, but at least I can find non-rusty parts at the junkyards out here. Guess I'll have to dedicate a whole day to doing this in the near future.
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Old 07-11-2013, 12:42 PM   #5
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If you have a compressor, I've had luck freeing rusty stuff with an air hammer. A nice, long, well-fitting wrench to turn stuff while you or someone else applies the bra-a-a-a-ap to the bolt with the hammer with a blunt tip.
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