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post #1 of (permalink) Old 06-04-2003, 01:53 PM Thread Starter
 
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One stupid bolt.

Okay, I know this may sound like a simple question, but this one bolt is driving me nuts. I am swapping springs on my sammi. I cannot get the bolt out of the spring hanger on drivers side. I got the nut off, but I cannot get the bolt to come out. It appears that the metal sleeve inside the spring is spinning with the bolt. I have tried everything, including hitting the end of the bolt with a BFH. Any suggestions?
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Re: One stupid bolt.

I've had this happen on a couple of vehicles. Most likely the bolt has rusted to the bushing sleeve.

A sawz-all to the bolt does wonders... You're going to have to replace the bolt and sleeve no matter what.
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Thanks Keith. Sawzall time! Now I just need to find who borrowed my sawzall.
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Re: One stupid bolt.

That would be one reason I don't generally lend out my power tools... [img]images/graemlins/smile.gif[/img]

Just be carefull not to chew up the spring mount to much. Did that one time and had to weld up a new mount.
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Re: One stupid bolt.

Once you sawzall the bolt, you'll probably need an angle grinder as well.......
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Re: One stupid bolt.

Hey sapp1090..

If you don't get the sawzall back in time you could always use the 41/2" grinder with a cutt-off wheel... takes a little longer but you won't have to grind it.. [img]images/graemlins/smile.gif[/img]

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I had to use a jack on the spring itself to take the load off the spring. Well, it worked for me.
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I had the same problem on a mates spook late last year. we had a jack under the spring, like Draven did, and went to town with the grinder and a thin cutting disc (or two). carefully cutting between the hanger and spring.

took a bit of effort but came out no probs.
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here in minnesota the rust gets to everything. those springe bushing sleeves are always rusted to the bolt. i just use an angle grinder every time. seems to work fine.
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Re: One stupid bolt.

Well, found out my dad borrowed my sawzall and left it at their vacation house. Cannot really fuss at him to much. Lord knows how many of his tools I borrowed, lost, broke while growing up. Anyway, took the angle grinder to the bolt. Everything worked great from then on. Thanks for the help.
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