Suspension & Brakes - Front Sway Bar Endlinks
04-27-2010, 07:24 PM
Need a little help. I was driving home from work and heard a popping noise from the passenger wheel well. When I got home and jacked her up, the endlink bolt was broken. Not a big deal, so I run up to the parts store and get a new pair.
The passenger bolt is stuck. I can not move it vertically at all. I can tighten or loosen the bolt, but it will not come out of the lower A-arm. I tried using a punch and hammer, but same result. The bolt is broke about 1/8 inch above the sleeve that sits on top of the lower bushing.
04-27-2010, 10:09 PM
The bolt is rusted to the sleeve. First, try penetrating oil, leave it sit for a while, and beat on it again. You could try holding the sleeve with a plumber's wrench while turning the bolt to crack it loose.
Next, try heating the sleeve with a torch and repeat the beating.
Or, just cut it off.
04-28-2010, 12:45 AM
the best way to get a front link off is to have the wheel with weight on it.........ask me how i know............rhino ramps are my friend :)
04-28-2010, 07:19 AM
We have unfortunately experienced this same exact situation many of times. And the easy way we have found out to remove the seized on end links is just cut them off with a die-grinder or sawz all.....works everytime! Just be careful and just cut the sleeve. And then install your new set.
Hope that helps
04-28-2010, 08:13 AM
i put an impact on one end and wrench to hold the bolt on the other. it turned slowly for a while and eventually snapped off - either way, it came off :)
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