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Old 12-26-2012, 09:46 AM   #11
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I snapped two OEM bolts and an aftermarket one.. went grade 8 and have had 0 problems.

such a PITA. always the passenger side.
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Old 12-26-2012, 01:12 PM   #12
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I snapped two OEM bolts and an aftermarket one.. went grade 8 and have had 0 problems.

such a PITA. always the passenger side.
Only had one snap. This one just came loose. Bought OEM this time. Got 2 just in case happens again :/

Bolt p# w710904*s439 $3.30 at dealer.
Nut p# w520203*s $3.59

At least those are part numbers I have from Ford dealer on invoice.
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Old 12-26-2012, 01:24 PM   #13
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By the pic above, it looks like your CV joint came apart, did you replace the axle?
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Old 12-26-2012, 01:33 PM   #14
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Cleaned it up repacked with grease and popped back in, seems fine. Will replace if gives me any trouble though.

Same thing happened when motor mount broke. Cv popped out and just did same thing had no issues.
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Is this just a weird happening or what? oem bolts breaking?
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Old 12-26-2012, 02:56 PM   #16
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The one I broke wasn't even very tight when it gave :/
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The nut for the shoulder bolt is only torqued to 35lbs/ft. It's load bearing, so it's even more important that the width of the shoulder is oem spec. But yeah they break.
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The nut for the shoulder bolt is only torqued to 35lbs/ft. It's load bearing, so it's even more important that the width of the shoulder is oem spec. But yeah they break.
That's why I broke down and bought a torque wrench, and I'm glad I have one now.

Just to add on, the OEM bolt is crucial right there; I heard that Moog has an OEM spec bolt in their ball joint kit. Always match up parts before you bolt them on.
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Is this just a weird happening or what? oem bolts breaking?
Very common.

Ford used cheap bolts on the Focus. They rust and seize then snap off when you try to loosen them. A little CPC or $.03 more per suspension bolt would have saved alot of head aches.
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Of course it's worse for those of us who live on the rust belt like michigan and ohio.
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