Can't remove track bar bolt, grrrr...


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I banged up my steering stabilizer and am trying to replace it. Since the one I banged up is a Teraflex it isn't the first time this has been replaced and no wonder as it sits below the axle tube. I bought a relocation bracket kit to move the stabilizer above the track bar but I cannot get the passenger side track bar bolt off. The nut it too close to the axle to get a socket on it (I think it is a flag-type nut anyway) so I am attacking it from the front. With my Milwaukee 3/8" impact turned all the way up it doesn't budge. I tried WD40 and no luck. Any ideas? Heat? I can go to DIY Auto and spend the $40 to put it on a lift and attack it with a 1/2" air impact but that's admitting defeat.
 

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You don't have a 1/2" breaker bar, i've used them when impact wouldn't break a nut loose.
 
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I do have a 24" 1/2" breaker bar and a 15/16 socket. But the impact is rated to 200 ft-lbs so I will have to put a big cheater on the breaker bar to beat that. I am also trying to do this with my jeep flat on the ground so I don't have a lot of room. But ya, I gotta do something different so I'll give your idea a try.
 

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I banged up my steering stabilizer and am trying to replace it. Since the one I banged up is a Teraflex it isn't the first time this has been replaced and no wonder as it sits below the axle tube. I bought a relocation bracket kit to move the stabilizer above the track bar but I cannot get the passenger side track bar bolt off. The nut it too close to the axle to get a socket on it (I think it is a flag-type nut anyway) so I am attacking it from the front. With my Milwaukee 3/8" impact turned all the way up it doesn't budge. I tried WD40 and no luck. Any ideas? Heat? I can go to DIY Auto and spend the $40 to put it on a lift and attack it with a 1/2" air impact but that's admitting defeat.
The base milwaukee impact is only so useful for jeep, it's never going to get that off. especially when you are trying to remove a bolt that is torqued to over 100f-lbs. I think it's 125. These impact guns are not rated the same way as torque wrench, you cannot apples to apples them.

I broke down and bought the new mid-torque when that came out last year. But everyone is right, you have to use a breaker bar.

Plus, WD-40 is not the right product to use for this. It is a water displacement chemical, not for breaking free rusty bolts. Go pick up some Liquid Wrench penetrating oil.

When you put it back on, use a torque wrench. This particular bolt needs a very high torque rating and can cause problems if it is not tight enough.
 
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The base milwaukee impact is only so useful for jeep, it's never going to get that off. especially when you are trying to remove a bolt that is torqued to over 100f-lbs. I think it's 125. These impact guns are not rated the same way as torque wrench, you cannot apples to apples them.

I broke down and bought the new mid-torque when that came out last year. But everyone is right, you have to use a breaker bar.

Plus, WD-40 is not the right product to use for this. It is a water displacement chemical, not for breaking free rusty bolts. Go pick up some Liquid Wrench penetrating oil.

When you put it back on, use a torque wrench. This particular bolt needs a very high torque rating and can cause problems if it is not tight enough.
All wise words as I’m slowly learning, haha!
 
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If they used locktite red the only option is a little propane torch to loosen it up. Even locktite blue can be a major dis-assembly nightmare.
Great thought! I bought the Jeep from a mechanic and he probably did use loctite. I ended up replacing the damper, which was easy, but not installing the relocation bracket. I’ll try heat and a breaker bar when I have a little more time. Plus I should really buy a 1/2” torque wrench :)
 

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The base milwaukee impact is only so useful for jeep, it's never going to get that off. especially when you are trying to remove a bolt that is torqued to over 100f-lbs. I think it's 125. These impact guns are not rated the same way as torque wrench, you cannot apples to apples them.

I broke down and bought the new mid-torque when that came out last year. But everyone is right, you have to use a breaker bar.

Plus, WD-40 is not the right product to use for this. It is a water displacement chemical, not for breaking free rusty bolts. Go pick up some Liquid Wrench penetrating oil.

When you put it back on, use a torque wrench. This particular bolt needs a very high torque rating and can cause problems if it is not tight enough.
PB Blaster is good penetrating oil
 
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