Rusted strut inserts

Mark J. Besso mbspeed at
Mon Jun 30 14:38:37 PDT 2008

I've resorted to drilling a small hole in the base of the strut housing and 
using a drift to start the insert moving.  It's not elegant, but it is 
effective.  Of course, you'll have to find a way of sealing that hole once 
you install the replacement inserts.

Kinda ugly, but it works....


On Mon, 30 Jun 2008 14:34:56 -0600
  DK <proleonk at> wrote:
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  Hi all,
  I finally got around doing the front and rear struts on my 4000, but
  have run into a major problem - the strut inserts are rusted in
  bad. The car lived in Colorado for quite some time, but has no rust
  anywhere else. Looks like the previous owner/mechanic did not put any
  oil down the strut housing/tube and barely tightened the cap over it.
  I had it soak with several oils (liquid wrench, WD40 and other stuff)
  over night but no use. I tried turning it with a vice grip, tried
  hammering it out, but all no luck.
  I am considering putting a torch to it, but don't want to fatigue the
  strut housing. Are there any other options for me (besides getting a
  new strut housing)
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