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Old 09-22-2005, 11:17 AM
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Leaf Spring Bolt Removal

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My question is, I am removing the leaf springs on my 87 Chevy truck, the bolt that goes through the eye on the leaf spring through the spring perch just wont come out, it just turns. I tried driving it out with a hammer, the rear end is supported in the air. Am I supposed to put pressure with a jack under the eye?

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Your bolt is seized to the metal sleeve in the spring eye..........tons of penetrating oil, a big hammer and something heavy behind the spring when you smack the bolt is the key here.
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Your bolt is seized to the metal sleeve in the spring eye..........tons of penetrating oil, a big hammer and something heavy behind the spring when you smack the bolt is the key here.
...or a sawzall and a few good blades to cut the bolt on either side of the spring (and then replace the bushing and bolt)
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Sometimes if you hose it down with WD-40, then pry on the head with a big screwdriver while turning it with a wrench, it will work its way loose. If you get it pried out far enough with the screwdriver, then stick a smaller open-end wrench over the shaft of the bolt, then hammer on the wrench up against the head, you might just knock it out like that.
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I've found PB Blaster works much better than WD40 for coaxing stuck bolts.
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Heat up the bolt with a cutting torch to break the rust loose and then knock it out with a drift punch and 5 LB hammer. The eye of the spring should be supported slightly but no too much or else it will bind the bolt. HEAT is the answer, all the squirrel piss in the world isn't going to penetrate in to the sleeve of the bushing. It's an awkward place to work in because of the pipes, wires and frame supports. Good luck!
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Bolt removal

Use PB blaster, WD40 is not made for this anyway.To many think that WD40 was made to remove rusty bolts, but it not.Its made to keep things waterproof.
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Heat up the bolt with a cutting torch to break the rust loose and then knock it out with a drift punch and 5 LB hammer. The eye of the spring should be supported slightly but no too much or else it will bind the bolt. HEAT is the answer, all the squirrel piss in the world isn't going to penetrate in to the sleeve of the bushing. It's an awkward place to work in because of the pipes, wires and frame supports. Good luck!

And just wait until that rubber bushing catches fire....yehaw
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Here is what I did, it worked very easy. I used a bottle jack and a couple 4x4's to take up the space between the frame, placed them against the other side. With the head of the bottle jack against the nut and bolt and the bottom of the jack against the 4x4. After I had loosened up to the nut to the end of the bolt. Proceeded to jack untill tension was tight, soaked in PB Blaster and tapped the head to make vibrations out popped the bolt. no more than 20 min.'s from start to finish.

Thanks guys for all the suggestions, not all things need heat! I loved this one:
"And just wait until that rubber bushing catches fire....yehaw"
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