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    Default stuck 4Runner camber bolts...any ideas?



    I went to do a little self-alignment after putting on my 35s and I can only get 1 of the 4 camber bolts to budge. I've been soaking them in PB Blaster for a few days and knocking on them with hammer, but can't get the rest to move.

    any ideas other than soaking them longer?

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    Thermal motivation? A torch was pretty useful the last time I had to extract a stubborn bolt.

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    Another tip - to be taken with care - is to not only try loosening a stuck fastener but to also try to tighten the fastener. You don't want to break the fastener off but you do wish to work loose the corrosion keeping the two from moving. Hitting it with a hammer is fairly close to tightening.

    If you don't have an acetylene torch setup - a Mapp or Mapp-Pro gas tank for your conventional propane tank torch is a low cost option for a hotter-than-propane flame.

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    Sawzall. I just went through something similar with our Xterra and the lower control arm bolts, if I had it over I would have led with the sawzall and saved myself a lot of time and exasperation.


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    Paul previously posted:
    "Sawzall. I just went through something similar with our Xterra and the lower control arm bolts, if I had it over I would have led with the sawzall and saved myself a lot of time and exasperation.
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    yeah, I've been doing some reading and I talked to the guys at RSG Offroad...it's a pretty common thing for 4Runners. I found a pair of LCAs for $100 locally, or I can order some online with new bushings and ball joints for $140. seems like that's gonna be my route. Sawzall solves all.

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    Jim previously posted:
    "Another tip - to be taken with care - is to not only try loosening a stuck fastener but to also try to tighten the fastener. You don't want to break the fastener off but you do wish to work loose the corrosion keeping the two from moving. Hitting it with a hammer is fairly close to tightening.

    If you don't have an acetylene torch setup - a Mapp or Mapp-Pro gas tank for your conventional propane tank torch is a low cost option for a hotter-than-propane flame."

    Yeah heat is your friend when it comes to frozen rusty bolts! Had a terrible experience just trying to adjust the bump stop stack snapped the easy out try to get it to budge. Why do I wait till it comes to that and don't break out the heat right off the bat?????

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