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I was wondering if anyone knew a trick to getting the struts out of the front strut assembly. The bolt that holds the strut in is rusted tight, any recommendations.
By the way anyone know of a good mechanic in the San Fancisco Bay area, east bay preferably?
 

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> I was wondering if anyone knew a trick to
> getting the struts out of the front strut
> assembly. The bolt that holds the strut in
> is rusted tight, any recommendations.
> By the way anyone know of a good mechanic in
> the San Fancisco Bay area, east bay
> preferably?

I spayed the nut with WD40 and let it soak in for awhile. Then I put a pipe wrench on the nut to loosen. I know it sounds goofy but I didn't have a wrench big enough to fit the nut. It turned out to work very well, good leverage, adjustable, plus if its really stuck you can put a pipe on the end for even more leverage. The only problem I have was clamping the strut housing so that it wouldn't rotate, a bench vice worked pretty well.

Good luck

Russel
 

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> I was wondering if anyone knew a trick to
> getting the struts out of the front strut
> assembly. The bolt that holds the strut in
> is rusted tight, any recommendations.
> By the way anyone know of a good mechanic in
> the San Fancisco Bay area, east bay
> preferably?

Z mechanics in the Bay Area:

Dando's (Fremont)
Darryl's Datsun (Santa Clara)
The Z Doctor (Richmond)
 

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> I spayed the nut with WD40 and let it soak
> in for awhile. Then I put a pipe wrench on
> the nut to loosen. I know it sounds goofy
> but I didn't have a wrench big enough to fit
> the nut. It turned out to work very well,
> good leverage, adjustable, plus if its
> really stuck you can put a pipe on the end
> for even more leverage. The only problem I
> have was clamping the strut housing so that
> it wouldn't rotate, a bench vice worked
> pretty well.

> Good luck

> Russel

I did the same thing as Russel, pipe wrench and all, but I had to really heat up the nut and strut with an acetylene torch. It took 5 - 10 min. each strut, red hot, until I could budge the nut!! Good luck
Mike
 
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