Rusted strut inserts
Mark J. Besso
mbspeed at maxboostracing.com
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 gmail.com> wrote:
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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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