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post #1 of 6 (permalink) Old 11-21-2006, 02:43 PM Thread Starter
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Steering gear bolt stuck to rubber peice - help!

For two hours today i tried to seperate the 21mm bolt that holds the steering rack to the subframe from the rubber around it. I took off the 24mm nut and thought i could just tap the bolt from out of the rubber (i think the rubber is some kind of shock absorber) but all my efforts failed! Does anyone have any tips on getting this peice of rubber off, i'm totally out of ideas here... thanx!
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post #2 of 6 (permalink) Old 11-21-2006, 07:54 PM
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When I bought my new rack, it came with new bushings. So, if you are replacing it, hack the snot out of it. If worse comes to worse, a blow torch would melt the bushing off. If you need to save the bushing, I would try a vice, some penetrating oil and a wrench. Hold the bushing in the vice, soak it with oil and try to turn the bolt inside the bushing to free it up.
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post #3 of 6 (permalink) Old 11-21-2006, 08:11 PM
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i agree...just burn it out and scrape it. then put on new bushings. why repair your steering or suspension and not replace something that is already there. bushings are not too pricey
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post #4 of 6 (permalink) Old 11-22-2006, 01:58 AM Thread Starter
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thanx, bushings... that's the word i was looking for. didn't want to ruin the thing because i was worried about finding a replacement (went to autozone today and they had two in stock though) and sometimes when i run into a problem i get so hard-headed on solving it i don't look at my other options. also at autozone i went to get 1 3/8" ratchet that broke on me, a 3/8" torque wrench that broke on me after i broke the ratchet, and a 3/8" "breaker-bar" type deal so i can stop breaking ratchets getting my bolts off.

i will be having fun tommorow burning cutting wrenching and pulling on those durn bushings!
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post #5 of 6 (permalink) Old 11-23-2006, 11:20 AM Thread Starter
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hey guys, anybody know something that eats through rubber good? I tried burning it off with a torch but it burns off VERY slowly (it's a big peice of rubber), i tried chiseling it off, i tried a vise, a hammer to try and pop the bolt out.... this is the bushing from h*ll....
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