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post #1 of 10 Old 08-22-2009, 08:22 AM Thread Starter
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Can't seem to get my steering stabilizer off

Hey guys,

I just bought a ew OME steering stabilizer to put on my 97 GC Laredo 4.0. I cant get the old one off due to one of the bolts being stuck. Any help with this problem would be great. this 15min job has turned in to a 2 hour fiasco. I dont know if it is just kept on by the nut or if its screwed on. Its attached to the steering brace, on the bottom. thanks


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post #2 of 10 Old 08-22-2009, 08:32 AM
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Did you try hitting it with some penetrating oil? Soak it with something like PB blaster and then try again.

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post #3 of 10 Old 08-22-2009, 08:36 AM
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Penetrating oil, heat, breaker bar
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post #4 of 10 Old 08-22-2009, 08:38 AM
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Soak it with penetrating oil (WD-40 or similar).
Or heat it up with a torch (but not right after applying the penn oil).
Use a bigger wrench.

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post #5 of 10 Old 08-22-2009, 08:51 AM
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I had to grind off the nut and push the bolt out of the hole with a 2-jaw puller rented from AutoZone.

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post #6 of 10 Old 08-22-2009, 09:05 AM
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Dont know if it is the same but the nut on the WJ SS is spot welded on so you only turn the bolt. You can put a wrench on it but all you will get is a workout and a headache.
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post #7 of 10 Old 08-22-2009, 09:09 AM
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I couldn't get mine out. Heat, PB blaster, BFH, pullers, etc. It would not budge. I just left the stud in there.

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post #8 of 10 Old 08-22-2009, 10:42 AM
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Pitman arm puller. It was the only thing that worked on my old ZJ SS. They are like $15 at Harbor Freight.

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post #9 of 10 Old 08-22-2009, 11:01 AM
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2 jaw puller . . . put pressure on the bolt, then hit the drag link with a small sledge next to where the bolt is. It should pop right out.

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post #10 of 10 Old 08-23-2009, 09:09 AM Thread Starter
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thanks guys, I got it out used a big *** hammer and some Big ****'s Super LUbe. If you have never heard of it, it is the best stuff for everything...period
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