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I was helping my son remove the shackle bolts on his Blazer this afternoon, and they were stuck just as tight as the lower shock bolts on a tbird. I found this tip in the Chevy Talk forum and it worked like a charm! No fire, no ruined bushing, just results. File this away for the next time you need it....

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Reg: 02-09-08
05-15-08 06:52 PM - Post#1433866
In response to stricker76

Here’s a great trick for removing stuck bolts in spring bushings. Worked every time for me so far.

Just cut off the head of the bolt leaving the nut side with the threads alone. You will use the threads on the bolt as a puller. Remove the nut and stack on as many washers as you can on the bolt, leaving enough thread for the nut to grab 1/4 inch. Now just take a wrench and start tightening the nut. It will draw the bolt out of the bushing until the nut runs out of threads to grab. Back off the nut and add more washers and repeat until bolt is drawn out of bushing.
In order to work properly, the washer used needs to be a good fit on the bolt. The washer needs to bear against the ferrule to draw the bolt through the bushing.
 

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Thanks! :D

Did you use any PB Blaster or anything else?

Joe
 

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Man, it really sucks to have a northern car.

I'm not that strong, and almost never do I have to fight a bolt or nut to get it loose.

RwP - VERY happy to be a Southern Boy with Southern Ladies and Southern Women both :diablo:
 

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Thanks! :D

Did you use any PB Blaster or anything else?

Joe
It was sprayed liberally with PB Blaster, but the bolt was bone dry inside the ferrule.
 
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