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Strut Swap in Progress...Need Help
Posted 21 October 2006 - 02:26 PM
Any advise? I don't want to have to take the whole knucke off, becasue the tie rod end isn't being very cooperative at coming out either.
Posted 22 October 2006 - 06:31 AM
You'll need a balljoint puller to get the tie rod off, with one of them (they are cheap if you buy a crap one, and they do the job fine) you shouldn't have too much trouble with that bit....
Posted 22 October 2006 - 09:45 AM
just curious, do you still have the top of the strut bolted up?
if not, put the top back in, and snug it up. (careful, dont break a stud off - that sucks!)
Completely saturate the lower end of the strut with the penetrating oil of choice - and mean SATURATE. Squirt it in thru the pinch space too...let it sit for about an hour - maybe squirt a little more every 20 mins or so - it takes a lot.
After it has had time to soak for a while - start with the BFH (big F-ing Hammer) beating on either side of the knuckle - i happened to have a nice big chunk of stainless steel rod to use kinda like a punch - was able to direct the blows better. it takes a lot of work/beating, but it will eventually come out of there.
once you get the old one out, give the knuckle a good cleaning out with a small wire brush & rag - get as much of the nasties out as you can before installing the new strut. seems to me i even gave a light coat of anti seize in the knuckle as preventative..
Posted 22 October 2006 - 10:25 AM
You have the right idea of wedging open the pinch bolt. I would try an actual wide chissel instead of a screw driver. Also if you have access to an air hammer with a chissel that would be your best bet.
When I had this problem it took me about 3 and a half months to pull just my front pass side suspension apart with regular hand tool, this is when I broke down and bought an air compressor with a set of air tools. My 3 months were put to shame when I pulled out the air hammer and impact wrench and finished disassembely and reassembely by the end of that weekend. An air compressor is worth every penny!!!
Posted 22 October 2006 - 10:45 AM
Posted 22 October 2006 - 10:55 AM
Posted 23 October 2006 - 09:55 AM
Being my daily driver I had to put it all back together. Maybe I'll take a trip to harbor freight and get a bigger BFH. I'm not sure it will help though, one of my neighbors already commented that I sounded like a blacksmith.
Posted 23 October 2006 - 10:41 AM
Posted 23 October 2006 - 12:28 PM
When you get the old struts off, makes sure to anti-seize the end of the strut that goes into the knuckle. that way next time you gotta work on it, the strut will pop right out
Posted 24 October 2006 - 06:01 AM
these people should pay me, i shout about that stuff so much.. its like 6 bucks a can or more, but SOOO worth it. might be worth nabbing a can.
Posted 30 October 2006 - 10:45 AM
So yeah, the strut is still stuck in the knuckle, and I mean stuck, it won't even twist around. I guess my next plan of action is to unhook the tie rod end and pull the strut / knuckle combo out and beat it into submission. I'm going to grab another knuckle just in case, so I can swap the whole she-bang if it still won't budge.
After getting such great knowledge I think I'll write up something for the USRM. I plan to get pics once everything plays nice.
Posted 31 October 2006 - 08:18 PM
I'll post again after round 3.
Posted 06 November 2006 - 10:07 AM
I pulled my whole front passenger side apart. Disconnected the Ball joint, tierod end, axel, and removed the caliper and hub. I took out the strut / knuckle combo. I beat it some more, tried twisting, and some more Deep Creap, and only got it to move about 1/4 inch. Man that thing is frozen in there! I don't know wtf is holding it in???
So I put in the strut and knuckle I got from PnS. But along the way I found that I will soon need a new tierod end. But being my daily driver I needed it back together, so the tierod will be another day.
I got lots of pics and am going to write a little "Front End work for Noobs" article for the USRM.
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