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Old 07-30-2008   #1
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Front suspension member issue - Stripped bolt

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I took it upon myself to replace the lower control arms while changing the struts. Everything was going fine until one of the bolts that holds the control arm to the suspension member decided to stop spinning half way in.

It's definitely stripped, as I'm having a difficult time removing it. Is there anything that I can do short of having to replace the suspension member? I can't tell from the diagrams in the manual, and I didn't have a chance to check it out as it was getting dark, but does the suspension member support the engine?

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Lamar

p.s. It's this bolt IIRC.

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p.s. If a mod stops in, can I get stipped changed to stripped? Thx
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Re: Front suspension member issue - Stipped bolt

tap it.....
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Re: Front suspension member issue - Stipped bolt

Going to try that today if I can get the bolt out.

Thanks

Edit: How would I go about finding the right size tap?

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Re: Front suspension member issue - Stipped bolt

So, 120psi later, I got it out.
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The bolt is FUBAR, but the threads in the subframe look like they can be saved. Anybody disagree?

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Re: Front suspension member issue - Stipped bolt

clean up the threads and new bolts...
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Re: Front suspension member issue - Stipped bolt

yea clean it up and use sum anti-seize on the new bolts that u put in
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Re: Front suspension member issue - Stipped bolt

Hurray for the impact gun!! Tap and Die set time so early christmas for you. Stay away from chinese made tool's try Craftsman make sure it sez made in USA, or Snap-On ,Matco,SK-tools ect. Cross-threading is a mother-ucker, buy the tap/die set "Murphys Law" kicks in and you'll never need to use it !!
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Re: Front suspension member issue - Stipped bolt

Probably better you changed those bolts anyway they looked pretty rusted. And deff use anti-seize.
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Re: Front suspension member issue - Stipped bolt

Anybody know the specs of this bolt? I'm having a hell of a time finding a compatible die locally (any recommendations?).

Every set that I've come across isn't big enough (Sears, Lowes, HD, parts stores, etc).

edit: Bolt is >M12

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Re: Front suspension member issue - Stipped bolt

not sure of the specs of the bolts... but im sure arch auto would have it...
went there a few times to get bolts for the rear calipers, boots, clips, etc. prices are reasonable. if anything... get the specs from the nissan parts dept. n check out the guy on the big org who sells nissan parts at discount.
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Re: Front suspension member issue - Stripped bolt

Just wondering, did you round the thread out while sending the bolt back in? Something similar happened to me when I changed my motor mounts, I rounded the bolts holding up the crossmember.

The reason that happened is because of the damn impact gun. I learned my lesson, tighten those bolts with a ratchet!

If you can't find the right tap, a local machine shop should be able to rethread it for you for under $10. You could probably get new bolts at the dealership for about $4-5 each but it will take a minimum of 2 days because they usually don't stock stuff like this.
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