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Seized Wishbone Bolt
« on: 17:18, Thu 29 December 2011 »
Got stuck removing the wishbones today, rear bolts on boths side are seized on the bush inner metal part. The nuts came off ok, but the bolts are proper stuck.

Any ideas on freeing them up?

I'm currently looking at removing the front bumper so I can get a bar at the right angle to knock the shit out of them with a hammer...  :x


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Re: Seized Wishbone Bolt
« Reply #1 on: 18:11, Thu 29 December 2011 »
I wold avoid hitting them mate, i did that to my old 5 years ago and ended up bending the wishbone mounting points. Best way is to cut them off with an air saw or something like that
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Re: Seized Wishbone Bolt
« Reply #2 on: 18:31, Thu 29 December 2011 »
Have you tried heat on them Jeff? Soak them over night with WD-40 or a penetrator ( :lol: ) and then try it tomorrow with a heat gun/blow torch.

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Re: Seized Wishbone Bolt
« Reply #3 on: 18:42, Thu 29 December 2011 »
I'll have a go with the heat gun and if that doesnt work I'll have to cut them off, hitting them, as you say Mark, normally breaks something else!

Do you think any motor factors would have replacement bolt sets? CGB do them, but that means waiting for the postman...

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Re: Seized Wishbone Bolt
« Reply #4 on: 15:11, Fri 30 December 2011 »
Renault or GSF would most likely sell them.  I'd imagine they're the same for a few different models, like Clios and stuff.

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Re: Seized Wishbone Bolt
« Reply #5 on: 19:01, Fri 30 December 2011 »
Got up far to early this morning to beat the rain, outisde under the wheel arches by 9:30am  :shock:   Decided to put it all back together and wait till I get some new bolts, then try some heating or cutting to get the old ones off.

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Re: Seized Wishbone Bolt
« Reply #6 on: 17:28, Mon 09 January 2012 »
I cut mine off to remove the wishbone then pressed out the the bush and bolt together with no problems :) , replaced with poly bush's and new bolts from Renault. 8)

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Re: Seized Wishbone Bolt
« Reply #7 on: 08:54, Tue 24 January 2012 »
Yeah, you'll more than likely end up cutting those out as they corrode & weld themselves inside the sleeve for the bush over the years...
Shit job unless you have the right tools  :( , done it on my old GTT.

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Re: Seized Wishbone Bolt
« Reply #8 on: 12:27, Tue 24 January 2012 »
I ended up borrowing an angle grinder from work and cutting them out.