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rust wrestling...i mean..how do you remove a rear sway bar end link bolt?


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#1 grossgary

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Posted 19 September 2013 - 07:38 PM

rear sway bar end link is broke and when you turn the nut of course the stud just turns.

 

is there any simple removal method beyond cutting it off , that seems silly to cut off every one in the rust belt? 

 

doesn't look like enough room to get my impact in there between the nut and rear backing plate/disc set up...i could use a wobble joint i guess.



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Posted 19 September 2013 - 07:54 PM

Vice grips on the boot side of the stud. Just cram them in there and clamp them down.

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Posted 19 September 2013 - 08:51 PM

+1 for the vice grips. I feel like when I replaced mine, one wasn't too too bad, and I put a hex key in one side? Might be thinking of something entirely different though.



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Posted 19 September 2013 - 09:14 PM

thanks!  surprised vice grips hold that smooth surface against the rust.

 

I put a hex key in one side? Might be thinking of something entirely different though.

 

that's the fronts, those have hex keys in them.  the rears have nothing at all.
 



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Posted 20 September 2013 - 12:01 AM

You may have to get them pretty tight but that's the only way other than cutting the stud, which I've also done. Vice grips are easier.

Some of them have an Allen or torx in the end but if its rusty the right size bit doesn't fit anymore and usually rounds off, or the bit breaks because there is too much torque required to remove the nut.

Your favorite flavor of penetrating oil will definitely help.

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Posted 20 September 2013 - 07:31 AM

I like to pre-soak mine with 50/50 acetone/ATF mix, then wire brush the threads clean and then hit them with the pink juice again before putting the vicegrips to the nut side and cursing them loose. Sometimes i work the impact in there with a wobble joint... but sometimes you just have to cut the buggers.



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Posted 20 September 2013 - 08:30 AM

Fishy, another user of Ed's Red I see, minus the stoddard solvent.



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Posted 20 September 2013 - 08:53 AM

Fishy, another user of Ed's Red I see, minus the stoddard solvent.

That stuff has a name? neat! I always call it "The Pink Spuz" around home. Not sure where I saw the formula but wherever it was they only had the 50/50 mix of acetone/atf listed and I happened to have those things in my garage so that's what I use. 



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Posted 21 September 2013 - 09:50 AM

It is fairly well known in gun circles, it cuts through the crud with the stoddard solvent and leaves a good film to fight rust.






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