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post #11 of 15 (permalink) Old 05-20-2016, 11:56 AM
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Hello all,

I have done some research on the forum regarding to replacing the rear strut with Quick Strut. As far as I see, the most difficult part is to remove the bolt connect the strut to the mounting.

Question 1> How difficult the job is for a junior DIY? Is it true that bolt is very easy to break off because it has been rusted and stuck with the mounting bracket? Any tricks for me so that this job is DIYable and I don't accidently break the bolts while loose it out?

Question 2> For the Stabilizer Bar and Connecting Link, can I simply cut in the middle to remove it because I will replace them with new ones anyway?

Thank you

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^ Heat, lube, loosen/tighten sequence and prayer... If 1 breaks, you can drill it out and replace it with a grade#8 7/16" bolt 2-3" long with a matching nyloc (plastic insert) nut. Remember, you have to remove the rear deck to expose the top strut bolts/nuts. Cutting the endlink in the middle won't help. Would need to cut bolts/nuts. Lotsa pb-blaster.

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^ Heat, lube, loosen/tighten sequence and prayer... If 1 breaks, you can drill it out and replace it with a grade#8 7/16" bolt 2-3" long with a matching nyloc (plastic insert) nut. Remember, you have to remove the rear deck to expose the top strut bolts/nuts. Cutting the endlink in the middle won't help. Would need to cut bolts/nuts. Lotsa pb-blaster.
@sheila,

I never used the torch before and find the following items through HD.

Bernzomatic WT2301 Self-Igniting Basic Torch Head-336737 - The Home Depot
WT2301 Self-Igniting Basic Torch Head

Bernzomatic 14.1 oz. Propane Gas Cylinder-304182 - The Home Depot
14.1 oz. Propane Gas Cylinder

Q1> Is this simple self-igniting torch good enough for this job?

Q2> If I apply heat, the fire will burn the penetrating oil away. Is that fine?

Q3> Do I need an alignment after the replacement of the rear struts?

Thank you again

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Use MAPP gas instead of propane.
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^ Heat, lube, loosen/tighten sequence and prayer... If 1 breaks, you can drill it out and replace it with a grade#8 7/16" bolt 2-3" long with a matching nyloc (plastic insert) nut. Remember, you have to remove the rear deck to expose the top strut bolts/nuts. Cutting the endlink in the middle won't help. Would need to cut bolts/nuts. Lotsa pb-blaster.
Ive seen a mechanic just cut the sway bar links with an oxy torch to avoid having to load the suspension. Saves a little time
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