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Drop link bolt stuck - how to remove

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Drop link bolt stuck - how to remove


When it is stuck you can try: Or: Or: Or even: Or in fact a combination of the above. The last approach pops off the drop link housing from the ball joint! At this stage try: and then: None of the above worked. The problem I think is that the more you try the more pressure is put on the bolt by opening of the clamp. So the trick is to cut the problem in half and relieve this pressure: It is possible to get a hacksaw into the gap between the plate on the suspension unit an

 

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There's a much easier way. 

 

First you need to cut off the head of the ball/cup so that you can get access to the hexagon with a socket. 

 

Secondly, heat the hub carrier where the through bolt goes with a heat gun.  When it's hot spray with penetrating oil.  Repeat several times and in between wiggle the through bolt with the socket driver or an impact driver.  Eventually it will move.

 

Mine was thoroughly stuck on the driver's side, but on the other side came out easily. 

 

Remember not to allow the shock absorber to move as it could alter the camber angle.

Edited by Hilux2400

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