Today got the car up on a friends ramps and managed to bang out the 8" long bolt on the bottom struts on one side, after about an hour of freeing the lateral arms up. On the other side - zero joy. Hammering it hard (club hammer), breaker bar adding torque on the head end - nothing. Took out the 5" bolt above it and moved the stub axle in/out a bit relative to the strut so the bae of the strut is free - just nothing else.
With a longer breaker bar had the head turning a bit, though zero visible movement in the rest of the bolt. Not even in the open middle section between the stub axle sides.
Considered using butane/propane to apply heat but the strut/shock is too close and it would burn the bush in the stub axle, possibly the ABS sensor too.
Another option am considering is just dropping the rear subframe, stub axle/trailing arm and that strut as one then trying to get the bolt out. While it is on the car the rubber bushings take the jarring out of the hammering, reducing the ability to break the corrosion on the bolt.
Any suggestions would be really very welcome.
A final though: has anyone tried snapping the bolt head off and then using the nut on the other end to pull the remains out?
Last edited by richardbradford; 09-19-2019 at 05:24 PM.
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