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Old 08-10-2006, 10:47 PM   #1 (permalink)
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2001 Front Right Shock Lower Bolt Won't Come Loose - Please Help

2001 FORD F350 front right lower shock bolt will not come loose. I have air tools and it has started to round off. What do I do to get it off? It is on there extremely tight.

Can a brake/tire shop do anything to get it loose, or should I take it to the dealership and have them do something?

Also, since the bolt is almost rounded off, can I replace it with any type of bolt that would go through the hole? or should I get a part from the dealership, or would car parts places have it?

I need to take care of it first thing tomorrow morning since we are going on a trip in the afternoon.
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Re: 2001 FRONT RIGHT SHOCK LOWER BOLT WONT COME LOOSE

First question- Have you soaked it in anything? (PBBlaster)

Second, have you tried to apply a little heat to the nut. A propane torch will do wonders for a tight nut.
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Re: 2001 FRONT RIGHT SHOCK LOWER BOLT WONT COME LOOSE

I put wd-40 on the nut after I realized it was starting to round off, I have a propane torch. The nut has a rubber backing so I would be worried about burning it, but maybe hitting it with a little heat then using the airgun to get it off might work.
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Re: 2001 FRONT RIGHT SHOCK LOWER BOLT WONT COME LOOSE

If all else fails just cut it off.

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Re: 2001 FRONT RIGHT SHOCK LOWER BOLT WONT COME LOOSE

If its already rounded off, well then I agree just to cut it off and get a new bolt/nut from your local dealer or powerstrokeshop.com. It will only get worse next time. Maybe replace both of them why you are at it. You might be able to "true up" the edges with a file, but I don't really like doing this.

Wondering why it rounded off though...you using the correct sized socket?

Anytime I am about to work under my truck, I spray the item with PBBlaster or WD40 and let it sit overnight, then spray it again prior to working on it. Some of these things seem to glue themselves together [img]/ubbthreads/images/graemlins/smile.gif[/img]

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Re: 2001 FRONT RIGHT SHOCK LOWER BOLT WONT COME LOOSE

I agree, just cut it off, the damage is already done. For future reference, spray any tough bolts with PB Blaster the night before and the bolts pracitcally fall off.
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Re: 2001 Front Right Shock Lower Bolt Won't Come Loose - Please Help

Are you trying to turn the bolt or the nut. The nut is the better way if you can get to it. Sometimes the bolt seizes in the shock.
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Re: 2001 Front Right Shock Lower Bolt Won't Come Loose - Please Help

If its the upper its not a bolt its a long shouldered stud. The "rubber backing" should be the shock bushing, which is being replaced so burn away
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Re: 2001 Front Right Shock Lower Bolt Won't Come Loose - Please Help

A good trick I was shown on old shock studs was to just put a deep well impact socket on a log extension and snap it off. Don't use a regular socket or you will break the socket at the same time. Lower bolts are another story, break out the torch or cut off tool!

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