B7 pinch bolt removal no torch and safe ways to make money online keep your control arms – ez

My drivers’ side pinch bolt was frozen (the head was turning when I put a breaker to safe ways to make money online it, but the threaded end protruding the other side of the safe ways to make money online spindle wasn’t…Fucking thing was seized in there hard) so I recently scheduled an appointment for the local audi safe ways to make money online dealership to unseize it. I usually don’t go to shops because of bad experiences and I safe ways to make money online was reminded again. I was under time restraints and didn’t feel like doing the work this time. Spoke to the service manager and was told they had safe ways to make money online the special vag tool when I asked – first it was not, then it was a yes…They lie. Their twenty old techs with no talent couldn’t get the bolt out. I was told by the service rep that it would safe ways to make money online be $950 to get the bolt out past the original attempt safe ways to make money online that had already cost $140 WTF???….And to add insult to injury that 950 was if safe ways to make money online everything went alright…Meaning that I didn’t have to get new control arms or any other safe ways to make money online part that might be damaged beyond the $950 "everything alright" job. I stopped him there and didn’t need to hear more of his bullshitt. They basically repeated what I had told them and I safe ways to make money online payed them to do it. The head of the bolt turns but the opposite end safe ways to make money online doesn’t….Fucking tell me something I don’t fucking know dipshitt. Not only does the audi dealership make money off their safe ways to make money online exorbitant service and parts prices, but they also do off their technicians’ ineptitude…Majority of them I’ve seen are all skinny ass kids outta tech school.

You’re gonna to need a your basic wrenches, hack saw, hammer and some hardware from your local hardware store. Nothing out of the ordinary, no torch, impact hammer or wrench or anything like that. May help to have some PB blaster…To be honest I don’t know if it helps as much as everyone swears. Not on this pinch bolt anyway. You MAY need a drill and a titanium drill bit safe ways to make money online 5/16", more on that. You will have to get another pinch bolt and nut safe ways to make money online from audi. They are difficult to find, but you may get something similar. The pinch bolt and nut are galvanized steel and I safe ways to make money online couldn’t find the 4.5" (I believe) pinch bolt from lowe’s. So it was an extra $9 I payed to the fuckn dealership. Albeit, they’re a bit better quality.

Go ahead and release your anger young jedi. Break the head off the pinch bolt. Most likely it will break at the same point as safe ways to make money online mine; the seizing happens between the control arms. At this point I am going to undo the nut safe ways to make money online and place a slightly larger nut with a larger inner safe ways to make money online diameter underneath. I forget which, but just make sure it’s larger than 3/8". Then I re-threaded the original proper nut and started torquing – it should start to pull at this point. If it starts to strip then this is where you’re going to have to attack a different strategy and safe ways to make money online start drilling – more difficult because you have to keep the bit straight safe ways to make money online without much of a visual and prevent from drilling into safe ways to make money online the spindle.

BE MINDFUL OF HOW MUCH YOU pull out each time. This is the IMPORTANT part of the process. Remember, you need to keep just enough room between the spindle safe ways to make money online and the bolt to allow for the nut to be safe ways to make money online un-threaded after each set of torquing. There will be a total of THREE times necessary to safe ways to make money online finish this process. The way the spindle is formed towards the tie-rod will limit the length you can pull out the safe ways to make money online bolt and remove nut each time. So don’t fuck yourself over here were you can’t remove the nut off the bolt end! You’ll notice in the picture below that I’ve lightly hammered a few washers in the pinch gap safe ways to make money online for support. This is necessary to prevent the pinch from breaking. The picture also is a little out of sequence and safe ways to make money online shows the "spacer" nut that I am using and the end of the safe ways to make money online bolt has already been initially sawed off. Also, notice where the tech tried to hammer the spindle. Those weren’t there before…Professional work!

DO NOT USE ANTI-SEIZE! It was just last winter when the pinch bolt was safe ways to make money online removed without problem and I had thought that road salt safe ways to make money online and winter weather had every part in seizing this thing. Here’s a revelation, I had used a good amount of anti-seize to prevent the very thing that I had unknowingly safe ways to make money online caused. There was no corrosion what-so-ever. The anti-seize over a year had become the equivalent of lock-tite in between the spindle and the pinch bolt surfaces! It was so solid that even a breaker bar and safe ways to make money online impact wrench couldn’t get it to turn loose. It had lost all of it’s aqueous or viscous properties and became a chalky lock-tite! This stuff has its evil side and I always had safe ways to make money online a feeling about this when my impact wrenches had to safe ways to make money online labor so hard to get bolts that I knew for safe ways to make money online sure I used anti-seize on. This isn’t an exaggeration about the characteristics of the stuff; at the most it should be used VERY lightly on safe ways to make money online just the threads. Just a wipe of the stuff, not even a tiny dollop do I recommend on any safe ways to make money online thread or bolt. If you know you are going to revisit the bolt safe ways to make money online sometime in the future and feel like you need it, use it extremely lightly. Anti-seize was the cause of all this; it has no place on a pinch bolt except extremely safe ways to make money online lightly on the tip of the thread so the nut safe ways to make money online can run over it. You’d be better off using a weatherproof, high-temp grease on the shank of the pinch bolt. If you swear by anti-seize than more power to ya.

After reading my post again I realize that some pinch safe ways to make money online bolts may break free sooner. Some may ask why I didn’t just cut the extracting thread as it pulled as safe ways to make money online opposed to removing the nut every time. The answer is that you don’t want to risk running out of thread. The pinch bolts only threaded a little over a quarter safe ways to make money online of the way. Hope this makes sense!

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