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Join Date: Sep 2015
Argh, bimetallic corrosion!
I'm still in the middle of dismantling my front suspension so I can replace the springs / shocks, and came to the 'loosen the clamp bolt on the spring fork'. Bolt wouldn't shift, so no surprise there. Used gigantic pipe wrench, bolt still wouldn't shift. Split nut with nut splitter, bolt still wouldn't shift. Cut off bolt head with angle grinder and chiselled off the rusty washers, bolt still won't shift!
So basically I've just got a tiny stub of bolt stuck firmly in the spring fork, firmly jammed in place by bimetallic corrosion between the steel bolt and the alloy fork! Weird to see that on a 2002 car, only other time I've seen it was on a 50 year old Landrover.
Anyone else come across this problem? If so did you manage to get the remains of the bolt out without wrecking the fork, or am I going to be looking for a replacement fork (or two)?