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Discussion in 'A3/S3/Sportback (8P Chassis)' started by Ironborn, Aug 6, 2013.

  1. Ironborn

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    I'm trying to take off the suspension and as always with this car nothing is ever simple. I have removed everything except the sway bar bolt. I can't seem to remove it. The minute I unloosened it ,It just spins around when you turn it and doesn't seem to tighten or unloosen anymore. I know you hold it standy with torx but it's too tight the torx ends up slipping. Anyone who has removed the suspension any tips?
     
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    Its not a torx its a spline, so you've probably buggered that now.
     
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    I have a spline kit and none would fit.
     
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    Well mine did, problem is I had to cut one of before as the fixing was buggered, you are putting spline etc in the end to hold the thread steady & then undoing the nut with spanner, iirc.
     
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    Yeah that's right, but with mine a CR-V5 is too small and CR-V6 is too big. Is there possibly a middle spline I'm missing? 40 torx seems to fit nicely but I can't get a strong enough grip to counteract the spanner. I'm happy that I've managed to do the rears though.
     
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    Vice grips on the ball joint and try not to nip the rubber boot, or else a hacksaw!
    (you may have to unscrew one end to get access to the other
     
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    Do you think vice grips will get a strong grip?
     
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    They're **** just cut them off and get new ones for afterwards. They've even tight as hell brand new so no surprises they aren't overly forthcoming to remove after a while on the car. The spline on the ball just rounds off if they're really tight they aren't a good enough fixing.

    That said a good scrub up with a wire brush and a decent penetrating fluid does help a lot.
     
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    here's mine I took off.

    heres the size too.

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    Thanks for so much for responses; much appreciated. I may have bitten off more than I can chew. It would be a shame now to take it to garage after having bought spring compressor, strut spreader and few other things.

    Question 1: I’ve never cut of a bolt before, what’s the best tool. A saw might take some serious elbow grease.
    Question 2: Where would I cut from, there’s minimum space behind the seized bolt.
    Question 3: mjr901 are these the bolts?
    M10 X 55mm SETSCREW BOLT HIGH TENSILE STEEL WASHER NUTS 5 PACK | eBay

    Cheers
     
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    Q3: Yeah man that's ideal. :)

    Edit** sorry it's M10 x 70mm.
     
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    wait it's M10 x70mm. sorry mate, don't buy the ones in that link!!
     
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    Get ones that have a full thread up to the hex top to be sure, as they have a smooth sleeve on the ones you have shown.

    +2 washers per bolt.
     
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