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09-24-2012 06:54 PM
shadownman In case anyone looks back at this. Cheater bar extension was used to remove the sub-frame bolts. I had to let the sub-frame hang down to replace the R&P. It was a PITA, took most of the day. The bracket that holds the two lines together uses a 7/32 bolt. I couldn't find a metric that worked.
09-18-2012 06:05 PM
shadownman Elsolo, where did you get your R&P from? I have checked around Napa, Autozone, Advance and cheapest I could find is $220.
09-18-2012 01:02 PM
Mile30
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Originally Posted by sleepyboy View Post
Spray them down every day with PB blaster before you work on them. Also they are the biggest bolts on the whole car. If you snap one off I will be very surprised.
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Originally Posted by whynotthinkwhynot View Post
Wire brush and PB Blaster. You might also want to try some SAE sockets to see if you can find one that fits tightly if metric sizes are loose fitting.
^^^Agreed!
09-18-2012 12:22 PM
elsolo I bought a remanufactured unit for $125, no core charge, and came with new inner and outer tie rods.
09-18-2012 06:11 AM
shadownman I will make sure to report back this weekend on how this goes. I'll try to only loosen up the rear large bolts and get that gearbox out. First thing is finding a decent R&P/Gearbox at a junkyard. Those are much easier, most of the time engine is gone!
09-18-2012 05:56 AM
whynotthinkwhynot Wire brush and PB Blaster. You might also want to try some SAE sockets to see if you can find one that fits tightly if metric sizes are loose fitting.
09-18-2012 04:52 AM
sleepyboy Spray them down every day with PB blaster before you work on them. Also they are the biggest bolts on the whole car. If you snap one off I will be very surprised.
09-18-2012 04:44 AM
shadownman I was hoping to not mess with the bolts, they are rusted up and look almost like they are fused to the subframe. I can try with a cheater bar, but don't want to snap the bolt heads. What a PITA, will know more this weekend after I go junkyarding for replacement R&P
09-18-2012 02:03 AM
sleepyboy Doubtful he'll be able to do it with out dropping the sub frame. If they are rusted get a bigger bar. Also soak them in PBblaster for a few hours before trying again. It will help penetrate the rust.
09-18-2012 01:56 AM
elsolo I think his problem are the bolts are seized up with rust, so he was hoping to do it without removing the subframe bolts. I don't think that will be possible, but it very well may be possible and nobody tries it.
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