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Can't get stabilizer bushing bolts loose

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Aug 13, 2022, 10:41 AM

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'08 Mecury Mountaineer- V6 AWD 185k miles
Trying to change out the front stabilizer bushings. Got one bushing bracket loose okay. On the other, I've backed the bolts holding the frame bracket out about half way, and I still have to use a 22" breaker bar to turn them. Even if I had air tools, I'm afraid I'll break a bolt off or break the fastener loose inside the frame box. It is making popping sounds when I turn them. Why would they be this hard to turn? What can I do about it?

(This post was edited by JJR2 on Aug 13, 2022, 10:42 AM)

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Aug 13, 2022, 10:53 AM

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Other than drowning them in penetrating there isn't much you can do about that.

You could cut a slot in the frame to gain access to the nut but that's not recommended. You can weaken the frame but you won't have any choice if the bolt breaks or the nut spins.

Maybe making a small enough hole to insert the straw from a spray can and run the bolt back in to free it up.


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