I really hate factory installed strut bolts

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  1. 18basedGT

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    Thank you for the reminder! Yes I did raise it up with a jack last night but I think I raised it too much. I just now raised it maybe only and inch or two up and I was able to wack those suckers off! So for anyone's future reference for me it took: a 4lb hammer, turning the wheel to make the bolts face towards me so I had more room to wack em, putting the nuts on backward and flush with the bolt to increase impact surface area, raising the strut just an inch or two with a jack and a little bit of belief in myself!
     
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    They can be a pain for sure. I was doing the install on a lift so using a Snap On 32 oz, I set my feet and gave it the ole home run swing from my baseball days. It took a couple swings but they finally gave up. As @wildcatgoal mentioned, if that doesn’t work, it’s time for the air hammer
     
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    We tried this on mine and it didn't work. What finally got it was turning the wheel to point the bolts out more, getting a big hammer, and giving it a scary swing. We also had no luck with an air hammer, though ours was a smaller one. It took us 2 hours on one side to get the bolts out, but once we figured out how much force was needed, the other side only took 5 min.
     
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    Dang, I must've gotten lucky. I had nary an issue when removing mine.
     
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    Some cars seem to be easier than others. I thought I was going to break something when I was hitting it. That's how hard I was swinging. It could have been a damage issue as well. That same side had a bent end link after only 4k miles and zero track time.
     
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    I've done two S550s, and a 5# sledge made it easy with the right load on the suspension with a jack....
     
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    I'm kind of glad they're so hard to remove. I had a nut back off and the splined bit held the suspension together until I noticed something was wrong.

    (the mechanic that torqued it is no longer allowed to work on my cars),
     
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    Trying to visualize how air hammer is used to drive a stud out. I have not even been under the fender well so not understanding completely. I understand the BFH exercise.
     
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    What I do, in an ideal situation, is use another nut that will thread onto the stud so that you don’t mess up the threads on the factory nut. Start threading the nut on, but not completely, so that the bolt is still recessed into the nut. Put the tip of the air hammer bit into the hole and let it eat. You can do it without threading a nut onto the bolt but it’ll slide off easily, potentially damaging the strut, knuckle, abs harness/sensor, etc
     
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