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Old 04-06-2011, 08:08 PM
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front strut replacement question

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I have been in the world of Volvo's for years and have recently bought a 2001 Dakota. I am replacing the front struts and can't free the top nut. The entire thing just spins, I tried using my wussy electric impact gun with no luck. I have just done the struts on my 87 Volvo and was able to hold the top of the strut rod while turning the nut with a fancy wrench. How the heck can I keep the thing from turning? Many thanks.
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Old 04-06-2011, 10:38 PM
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Throw some vice grips on the piston, then hit it with your gun. Also, PB blaster is my choice, but make sure you have some type of penetrating oil on it for a day or two. A little heat (A LITTLE) might help too
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Isn't the very end of the SHOCK shaft a hex? Worth a try...though they usually just spin anyway.

Vice grips on the shaft should do or you can find a friend with a set of torches to cut the shaft.
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There shocks. There should be two flat spots on the threaded rod. Use a wrench on the slots and another wrench on the nut.
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There shocks. There should be two flat spots on the threaded rod. Use a wrench on the slots and another wrench on the nut.
that only works on new ones and trucks from the south/california...
nothing ever comes off easy on anything over 2 years old up here Damn winter and salted roads

I don't think I've ever seen shock I could remove with a wrench...I'm jelous
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thanks for all the replies.

I have the truck on the ground thinking it'd make it easier to undo that nut. I see the little flats on the top of the shock, but I really can't see how anything other than a socket would ever fit, not to mention vice grips. Perhaps with the truck on the stands it'd relax the shock and expose some of the piston giving me something to grab hold of? I have soaked the nut again with PB and will try again tomorrow with my crappy impact gun. If that should fail I might go buy a better gun.

Anyway, thanks again for all the replies. I have learned a ton over the years on Volvo related boards and there seems to be a ton of info here.

Cheers.
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Old 04-07-2011, 03:40 AM
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They are shocks, not struts. There is no tension on them at all. Another way to do it since replacing, is clamping vise grips on the rod and using a wrench to remove nut. That still doesn't work, cut the nut/rod off with an angle grinder. I think you are doing something wrong anyway?

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Shock_absorber

http://news.carjunky.com/how_stuff_w...y_abc169.shtml
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i took a grinder and cut the head of mine off to get it off
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I might just take it in. Any idea what a shop would sting me for labour? It can't take too long.
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The problem is, when your putting your impact gun on it, if the piston is spinning it is not going to get the true force of the hammering effect. Slap some vice grips on the piston then use the gun again and it should pop right off.

I did this on mine about 2 months ago and didn't even think twice. They came right off
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Makes sense, but I cant see where you would clamp the vice grips. I dont see the piston other than at the very top.
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