[Vwdiesel] Stuck rear shock bolt

Tony and Lillie tonyandlillie1 at earthlink.net
Tue Nov 20 16:42:46 PST 2007

Fairly common. What happens is it rusts to the inner part of the shock 
mount. The shock itself is metal, there is a rubber bushing, then another 
metal spacer for the bolt to slide through. I've seen quite a few, the 
description for cutting off the head is usually what we do. Then, cut the 
other side off, right even with where it goes into the axle tube. We use a 
sawzall for this. Then, pry the outer portion of the mount (the steel where 
the bolt head has been cut off) out very gently and slightly. This should 
give you room to remove it.

Tony Hoffman

----- Original Message ----- 
Subject: [Vwdiesel] Stuck rear shock bolt

> Hi all,
>     I am changing the rear shocks on my 84 Rabbit the
> lower bolt of the shock is stuck.  I got the nut off,
> but I can't get the bolt to slide through so I can get
> the lower part of the shock out.  It turns and I have
> tried heating it with a torch, that just seems to make
> it turn easier, but I still can't push it out or bang
> it through.  Anybody got any tips.
> Thanks
> Dave

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