This was a first-rate write-up. Well done and thank you to tczx3!
Originally Posted by TheGeak
Wow...how did you EVER get your Strut Pinch Bolt loose? Looks like you managed it with a 3/8" ratchet with a 15mm socket...I'm on my way out to Sears to buy a 15mm 1/2 drive socket and a 18" breaker bar! I've tried WD-40, PB Blaster, Heat, hammer, and just wow...it won't budge. I figure we will see how it holds up against the laws of Physics!!...Breaker Bar and Socket worked, bolt is loose!...
A mechanic's trick that sometimes helps loosen badly rusted bolts/nuts when other methods don't seem to be getting anywhere: try tightening
the bolt/nut by about 1/8th turn first, then reversing your ratchet to loosen. Repeat a few times. This approach will help break down the corrosive "welding" in the threads. May sound counterintuitive, but it often works.