I've read over the other recent shock/strut thread. I'm getting a mild kick out of the brain games, thinking of the different ways shocks can fail. Well, I got one for you:
Yep, it's bent into an angle. Not happy.
when I got the wheel off, this is what I found:
The shaft is that bit just hanging out in the spring, not connected on either end. Not happy.
I got the spring restrained as best as I could, but I still don't feel safe working around it, not with the inherent limits of the shock removed. There's just not enough room in there to get a proper spring compressor on it. To pour salt into the wound, I wasn't able to get the lower bolt out of the rear arm, either. It's got another inch or so to travel, and it should pop out of the hole. I think the combination of the spring placing pressure, plus the angle of the forces involved have bound up that bolt. I spent hours hammering on it today, but just couldn't get it loose.
I slapped the wheel back on and buttoned her up for the night. Seriously considering getting her down to the local garage (probably via flat bed... I don't want to chance driving it, have that spring pop loose, and go flying into somebody's windshield; most of that quarter mile is on a two lane bridge crossing a major river), all of a quarter of a mile away, and letting them properly secure the spring to keep it from flying off so they can remove that lower bolt. They may as well finish up the install of the shocks, too.
I hate being --> <--- close and giving up, though. Any thoughts before I hang my head in shame, anybody have suggestions?