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Old 08-21-2012, 10:13 PM   #1 (permalink)
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Default Torque Spec for Top Bolts and Pinch Bolts on Rear Struts

Can someone please give me the spec for the top mounting bolts and the pinch bolt on rear struts for a 2004 SES?

I found 22 and 59 ft pounds on a 2006 doing a search of the forum. Is this good for a 2004?
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From the 2004 specification book:

Wheel spindle pinch bolt: 59 lb-ft
Strut and spring upper mount-to-body nut: 22 lb-ft

So yes, they are the same as you would expect.
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If the pinch bolt comes out in one piece, do you have to drill the existing holes out to a larger size to use a 7/16 grade 8 bolt instead of a new pinch bolt or will it fit through the existing holes?? How long does the 7/16 bolt have to be for the rear struts?
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2.5".
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Thanks Sheila.....and if the pinch bolt comes out in one piece, will the grade 8 bolt fit through the holes or will I have to drill it out larger for the grade 8 to fit?
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Bob, I honestly can't remember if I had to waller out the hole a bit or not. Hell, knowing me, if it was too small I may have went with a 3/8" grade#8 bolt 2-3" long with a matching nyloc (plastic insert) lock nut, lol. Also, if the pinch bolt came out in 1 piece, I may have slathered it in never-seize and reused it if not damaged to avoid a trip to the hardware or parts store.

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OK Thanks Sheila. I bought a couple new pinch bolts so maybe I'll mic their diameter to see what they are.

I was just going to replace the old with the new ones, but I figured, hell...if the bolts just slide right in, why not. I don't have a 1/2" drill to drill anything bigger than 3/8"

Every time I go to start this job, something comes up where I need the car and can't afford to have it sitting there with a broken off pinch bolt. I've been spraying it every other day with PB hoping it's working its way in.

I know this is not a difficult job, but I am dreading it. Hopefully when it's done, I'll sit back and say...."That wasn't that bad".

Thanks for your help, Sheila.
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Heat and lube, lol.
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I mic'd a new pinch bolt neck and it was .424" so I guess that answers that question. I doubt if the holes have .075" clearance.
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