|04-11-2013 03:57 AM|
|04-11-2013 03:16 AM|
|04-10-2013 06:48 PM|
I just got my passenger strut off only removing the sway link bolt and strut pinch bolt (and 13mm nuts on top of course too). I tapped the knuckle w a copper hammer to finally clear it from the knuckle.
All these howtos show removing the control arm bolt and tierod end in addition, but I can't afford an alignment right now :(
This method wouldn't affect my drive axle or CV joint, would it?
|02-04-2012 10:50 PM|
thats a great idea..
today i used a crow-bar to get ball joint out.. i guess your thing works the same way..lol
|02-04-2012 09:14 PM|
perpetual problem...update on old post
Here's a tip for anyone faced with removing stubborn struts from older Focii...
I just installed new struts - but only after battling through a decade of rust & winter salt corrosion that had cemented the old ones to the car!
The passenger side went okay, but the drivers side was impossible - the strut was rusted into the lower mount. With the pinch bolt removed and the entire front end submerged in WD40, I beat the steering knuckle like a red-headed stepchild, but it barely budged.
Then I got one of those once-a-year inspirations: I inserted a "key" (any piece of thin, hard steel) into the knuckle gap so that it covered the pinch bolt hole. While holding the key in place with one hand, I threaded the pinch bolt into the wrong side of the knuckle, until they met. I continued threading-in the bolt with a drive ratchet until the knuckle expanded and separated from the strut.
Here's a photo (after the strut was removed) of the drivers side knuckle showing the trick:
Some notes on the "key":
|04-13-2007 01:25 AM|
|04-12-2007 01:25 AM|
|rnrbldrlvr24||thanks for everyones help. we found out that the spring wasnt compressed far enough to let the knuckle come all the way off but we got it compressed more and now everything is smooth as butter. But thanks again for everyone who helped|
|04-11-2007 11:50 PM|
I had the same problem at first. I sprayed WD40 at the base of the strut where it goes into the steering knuckle. Be sure and loosen up the 3, 13mm nuts at the stop of the strut tower under the hood. Half way is good. Then once the WD40 sets in it will slide much easier. If you can get the control arm and knuckle to push all the way down the strut will want to come out towards you away from the knuckle. Once you have the angle right it should pop out.
If you are still not getting enough clearance, loosening the tie rod from the knuckle might be required. More WD40 is always ok and letting it sit will help too.
|04-11-2007 08:39 PM|
post up a pic with the problem spot circled if you can.
Did you guys drop the front sway bar down??
|04-11-2007 08:05 PM|
|rnrbldrlvr24||the only bolt on a 2004 gti is the one that hold the strut to the knuckle and thats it we have removed it and just wacked it down and its gone down but now its like stuck with about half an inch to go and wont move no matter what we do to it we have kicked it like alot of ppl have told us even auto parts stores double and triple checked all bolts were out use lub to see if that helped used a rubber hammer and it just doesnt want to budge anymore|
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