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Old January 20th, 2011, 06:28 PM
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How do you get this thing out?

Of course when working on a Defender nothing ever goes as planned or as quickly.

I am installing a new Mantec steering guard on a 95 D90 and the steering tie rod mount that connects to the front tie rod has two bolts which must be removed in order to install the guard. They are basically two smooth shaft carriage bolts with hex heads and nuts on the inside. Problem is I could not get the lower bolt out even after successfully removing the nut. When I tried to break the bolt free I broke the hex head off. So, I took the whole arm mount off to try to get that bolt out. So, how do I get that damn bolt out? Thanks in advance for the help.

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Old January 20th, 2011, 06:41 PM
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If it was me, I would put it in a vise and use some penetrating oil, then heat the arm with a plumbers torch for a while, and keep applying more lube. The heat will expand the arm. Be careful to avoid directly heating the bolt.

You might try some visegrips to help turn the bolt, or use a punch or old bolt to hammer it out. When all else fails, drill it out
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Old January 20th, 2011, 07:47 PM
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I used to spend a lot of time, sweat, bloody knuckles and more time on crud like that, until I found Wally at the local independent parts place. He has a 50T press in back and for the price of a cold Coke, will press just about anything. You could do the heat, lube, pound it method and get it out quickly (or not). IMO, its good to know where you can get stuff pressed.
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Old January 20th, 2011, 08:30 PM
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Press or air hammer. It is rusted in place and it will need some persuasion
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Old January 20th, 2011, 10:35 PM
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Thanks for all the advice. Aside from the press I tried all the other mentioned methods. I just want to be sure I'm not missing anything. Like is there a chance that this bolt is threaded through?
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Old January 20th, 2011, 10:51 PM
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Worse case scenario, you cut it as flush as possible, use a center punch and drill it out.
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Old January 21st, 2011, 07:39 AM
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Old January 21st, 2011, 08:07 AM
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you might need oxy acetylene to move that. If it is well and truly seized then the propane or MAPP torch won't do it.
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Old January 21st, 2011, 11:39 AM
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10lb sledge and a drift and I would have it out in about 20 seconds.
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Old January 21st, 2011, 11:43 AM
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Good, I will bring mine over next time, since I have one in the same condition.

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10lb sledge and a drift and I would have it out in about 20 seconds.
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Old January 21st, 2011, 11:52 AM
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Please do soak with PB for a while. You should have seen me attack the bulkhead bolts.

Another trick that works sometimes is to put a pipe wrench on the bolt and try to twist it a bit back and forth.

BTW, when you put the new bolt in, pack the shaft with anti-sieze.
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Old January 21st, 2011, 07:33 PM
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Thanks for all the suggestions. Got it out after torching it.
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Old January 21st, 2011, 08:56 PM
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Damn, never see trucks get that rusty around here in Cali. Must be that salt they spray on the ground.
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