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Unread 08-24-2013, 05:25 PM   #1
ScottyGunn
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Replacing Steering Stiffener

I need to replace my steering stiffener, but I can't get the bolt out of the track bar. I got the end near the right tire off and the front castle nut off the bolt in the middle of the track bar. But, I can't seem to get the bolt out of the track bar.

Is that bolt threaded into the track bar? I put all I could into loosening the nut on the other side of the track bar, but it wouldn't budge.

I tried pounding out the bolt and nothing moved.

Any suggestions? Thanks!

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Unread 08-24-2013, 06:16 PM   #2
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Try jacking the car by the frame and let the axle droop a bit. Trackbar could be under compression/tension and that will seize the bolt.
Play around with the axle/body position, you may be able to find a spot where it's not binding.

Trackbar bolt is not welded to anything, by the way.
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Unread 08-24-2013, 06:34 PM   #3
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That "bolt" is a tapered pin that has a nut on the end like a tie rod end. In fact, a tie rod end puller is the easiest way to get it out.
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Unread 08-24-2013, 07:44 PM   #4
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Try using a torch to heat it up a little...or use a pickle fork to encourage it out...
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Unread 08-25-2013, 01:54 PM   #5
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That is not the track bar. I used PB blaster on it and put a tie rod puller on there super tight over night. The next day I took a mini sledge to it and on the third hit the bolt came flying out.
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Unread 08-25-2013, 05:50 PM   #6
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That is not the track bar. I used PB blaster on it and put a tie rod puller on there super tight over night. The next day I took a mini sledge to it and on the third hit the bolt came flying out.
Or..a BFH!
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Unread 08-25-2013, 06:44 PM   #7
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Try hitting it on the sides while backing up the other side with another hammer.
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Unread 08-26-2013, 07:24 AM   #8
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When you say "steering stiffener", I guess you mean the steering stabiliser - the thing that looks like a shock absorber oriented horizontally? If so, then it's not connected to the track bar, it's connected to the drag link.

Anyway, getting the threaded end out of the drag link is a common problem. You could use a tie rod puller like PolkaPower, or you could try a Pitman arm puller like this guy:

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Unread 08-26-2013, 07:42 AM   #9
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Unread 08-26-2013, 07:50 AM   #10
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I use the pitman arm puller too . Cheap handy too . Also available is the tie rod puller , it's slightly smaller brother .
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