no luck with lowering springs

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  1. bigjohnson4.6gt

    bigjohnson4.6gt Well-Known Member

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    today i tried swapping the springs. First the brake caliper bolts are not budging (even with a breaker bar), then i tried just dropping the strut but it didnt drop far enough cause the sway bar was holding it up. So i tried disconnecting the sway bar and that wasnt happening cause those bolts are like rusted shut and if i went any further i would have twisted the bolt or stripped the threads on it. Anyone got any better ideas? i tried following the mustang world steps, im going to do it again with my bud probably next weekend (weather depending)
     
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    pb blaster and air tools
     
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    bigjohnson4.6gt Well-Known Member

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    i got a weak compressor though, my air gun wont even take the lug nuts off my wheels, im gonna pick up some of that pb blaster tomorrow
     
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    Definitely let everything soak before you try and get at it.. I used it very generously when I did mine... But I also had a lift and air tools.
     
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    thanks, how did you do yours?
     
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    I believe I used the MW how-to, but I also changed out my struts/shocks at the same time... So I just removed the strut before taking out the spring..
     
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    did you have to remove the sway bar? when i disconnected the strut it didnt come out all the way
     
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    You have to disconnect the sway bar, also youll need to remove the brake line clips to avoid stretching or tearing any lines. With some wd-40 or pb blaster you should be more than capable of doing the whole thing with hand tools. Youll also need 2 jackstands and a jack.
     
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    thanks, i wish i had the stangnet one today, it is more in depth, hopefully i can do it next weekend
     
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    Repeating what everyone else said, WD40 is your friend. Spring compressor's might help also.
     
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    i wd40'd the crap out of all those bolts, almost wasting an entire can on the caliper bolts, but they would not budge at all
     
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    Here's a story for you: I was trying to change my rotors out with slotted ones and couldn't get the damn front rotors off. They were rusted solid to the hub. I tried spraying WD40 on them and still wouldn't come off. We beat them with a rubber malet and still no luck. After sitting over night with the WD on it, it soaked through and the next day we gave it a couple taps and it came right off.

    There's a morral in there somewhere O0
     
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    you just needed a bfh(bigfuckinghammer)
     
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    you need PB blaster and a big fucking breaker bar...breaker bars saves fucking lives. fo rizzeal. 8)
     
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    well hopefully the wd40 will do the same for me overnight, but on a brighter note i got my summer rims on, and had about a 30' burnout going today, and nothing beats the smell of burning rubber :banana:
     
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    A lot of things beat the smell of burning $350 a piece 18 by 315 tires though. :-\
     
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    since when did get rims?
     
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    I wish I got rims. I was saying in general, I would not want to be roasting expensive as hell tires. :D
     
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    I agree. I refuse to do a burnout when mine are on.