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Old 12-29-2019, 05:22 AM   #5
hoffnm
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2005 VUE 3.5L
Default Re: HELP!!! Trailing Arm Bracket Bolt Top Access Point Needed

I had the same issue where the bolt turned but the nut was spinning on the back side. far2grumpy's image is what I went with...I cut a hole (to fit a plug I had), bottom of the hole was 1-1/4" from bottom (marking on bolt for nut engagement). See pics. I was able to get inside with a slip joint pliers and hold the nut after spraying with penetrating oil. First I tightened it back up holding it, then sprayed again, then loosened and it came right off. Their is a cage tacked welded in 3 places, this is supposed to hold the nut plate from turning. Mine was already broke free, if yours is spinning inside the cage, a punch/hammer should knock it loose so you can hold the nut plate. The nut plate is rectangle and measures 15/16" on one side and 1-3/8" on the other side. Bigger the hole the better the access.

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