post #1 of Old 03-30-2010, 03:09 PM Thread Starter
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steering stabilizer

sooooo, I am trying to take the steering stabilizer / dampner off of my 97 TJ. Got the upper end off no problem but the other end that attaches to the drag link will not budge. I took the cotter pin out, got the nut off but cannot get the darn bolt to come out of the drag link....I soaked it in penetrating oil, have tried tapping it out with a hammer....it is like it is welded in there!
any ideas??

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post #2 of Old 03-30-2010, 03:13 PM
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Bolt is tapered. This subject comes up almost daily. Do a search. Multiple options. I think best is using a pitman arm puller.

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post #3 of Old 03-30-2010, 03:23 PM
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I got a "loaner" pitman arm puller from Advance auto.It popped off in 30 seconds.
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post #4 of Old 03-30-2010, 03:35 PM
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Hit it harder it will come out! I do not hit the bolt part, I hit the arm that encompasses the bolt. I hit it really hard and it eventually pops out without a puller.
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I ended up using a torch and heating up the bolt and area around it. Poured some water on it after and hit it about 4 times with a hammer and it came right out. Its tapered not threaded in there so you can hit it out. My stabilizer came with new hardware for that end so i wasn't worried about damaging the bolt.

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I ended up using a torch and heating up the bolt and area around it. Poured some water on it after and hit it about 4 times with a hammer and it came right out. Its tapered not threaded in there so you can hit it out. My stabilizer came with new hardware for that end so i wasn't worried about damaging the bolt.
That sounds like the exact definition of excessive force Esp compared to a puller.. (Did mine last week. Puller takes about as long as hitting it twice with a hammer, without having to wave a hammer around your undercarriage and/or face..)
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I ended up using a torch and heating up the bolt and area around it. Poured some water on it after and hit it about 4 times with a hammer and it came right out. Its tapered not threaded in there so you can hit it out. My stabilizer came with new hardware for that end so i wasn't worried about damaging the bolt.
That does sound excessive, where you hitting the bolt with a hammer or where the tapered bolt sits. Normally you just hit the round portion that holds the tapered bolt on its edge and it causes it to pop right out.

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I had the same problem, the bolt would not bulged, get the puller, it came right off with it.
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post #9 of Old 03-30-2010, 09:42 PM
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Yeah i know, my garage is 30 miles from the closest auto store and i happen to have a propane torch handy... It didn't take to long really.

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If there's a will, there's a way. However, if you can get a hold of a puller you'll be very happy you did.

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Yeah i know, my garage is 30 miles from the closest auto store and i happen to have a propane torch handy... It didn't take to long really.
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thanks all, for the advice. I did end up buying a smal pitman arm puller, 8-10 turns and BANG, it was off!
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