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    Vehicle : Vectra and a Signum

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    Engine : Z18XE,Z19DTH,Z20NET

    Year : 2006

    Angry bent seized bolt - bottom of rear shock

    am in the process of changing my rear shocks.. left hand side was easy.. the right hand (drivers) side has turned into a right pig of a job...

    I have loosened the top bot which is but the bottom bolt was tough all the way up to the point where it decided it will not come out anymore.. its up on an axle stand not a lift so their is no room for a breaker bar.. although i do have one.. the E20 hex/torx head on the bolt is now starting to wear down.. I have sprayed penetrating oil over it and even tried straightening it (with a persuader)..

    This thing is not budging... Any tips...?

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    Cut it off with an angle grinder and replace it?

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    Quote Originally Posted by Jezzy View Post
    Cut it off with an angle grinder and replace it?
    am tempted to cut it off, i can see over an inch of thread so far, but do not want to end up with the remainder of the bolt stuck in the car leaving me without a way to get it out...

    I think I am going to have to limp it up to garage to get some machanics on it who will obviously have more tools than me and will have come across this kind of thing before.. Will just buy a new bolt from vx first...

    If I cut it off and cannot get the rest of the bolt out it will mean i will then have to drive it a garage anyway but with a shock missing.. has anybody ever done that, will it naff my car up...?

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    tighten it up again and loosen ...lubing while tightening and loosening
    = repeat process it will eventually give

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    lol tried that already.. it is stuck fast.. will not go either way and the more i try the more the head is starting to round off.. I have ordered a new bolt from vx and have it booked into a garage on Monday (unless i managed to remove it this weekend with the help of my enthusiastic neighbour). Its been soaking in penetrating oil overnight, so fingers crossed it may have some give by friday or saturday..

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    Have you tried bashing it ( as in length ways, not side to side) This might free it off a bit.

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    Try a bit of heat m8 a blowlamp will do

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    it maybe that the bolt is out of the thread but the pressure from the spring and shock pulling down on the bolt mean you are unable to remove it from the start unthreading section of the hole....I found this when removing my rear shocks, I dropped the spring out first which made it much easier.

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    Have you tried taking the weight of the arm etc of the bottom of the shock, by using a jack under the shock?

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    Thats what I was trying to say Mr Hudson.......just went the long way around it! lol

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