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Old 05-19-2019, 04:42 PM   #1
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Default Broken shock bolt

I've already asked this on Facebook, so sorry if you are reading it twice. Both my lower shock mounting bolts broke. What's the best move from here? A cut off wheel will probably damage the cv boot. A drill would take forever. Someone recommended knocking them off with a hammer and chisel. So my thoughts are try the chisel, if that's doesn't work maybe a sawzall cutting away from the CV boot to avoid damage. Any other ideas?

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Old 05-20-2019, 01:00 AM   #2
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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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Old 05-27-2019, 05:59 PM   #3
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Well I nothced the bolt with a sawzall, then hammered it off with a chisel. Now I'm having a hard time finding a new bolt and not. Hardware store grade 8 just isn't going to cut it. I'm hoping the chevy dealer will have something. Otherwise I might try fastenal, but I really dont like that company.

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Try these two sites;

https://www.belmetric.com/12mm-coars...6_510_406.html

https://www.boltdepot.com/Metric_tap...m_x_1.5mm.aspx

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Old 10-11-2019, 04:20 PM   #5
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fdryer

Thank you for posting the links for the bolts. We heard what turned out to be our Aura's rear lower shock bolt come off the other night. We replaced both shocks 2 years ago and it somehow worked it's way out. This old fart loves her Saturns!

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