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Old 05-20-2019, 01:00 AM   #2
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2003 L-Series 3.0L Sedan
Default Re: Broken shock bolt

Is either the bolt head or nut exposed enough to use a dremel cutoff wheel? You didn't state what part broke. To ensure no weight is borne on the lower bolts, I use a jack to lift the shock just high enough to compress the shock a little. This removes most of the weight off the shock for easier bolt removal. A dremel with a one or two inch fiber backed cutoff wheel should make it easy to cutoff most of the bolt head or nut. Using a straight punch and heavy ball peen hammer should knock the broken bolt thru. Unweighting the shock helps so loads aren't on the lower mounting bolts. The same when replacing with new nuts and bolts. Hopefully you have replacements (8.8, 10.9, or 12.9 grade). The bolt head should have grade markings.

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