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How do I loosen/tighten the nut the retains the shock to the bearing mount? Do I need some special tool, magic?
 

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Re: Shock replacement (mgc)

are you talking about cross-like shaped nut on top of front struts? if yes, there is a tool in ipd catalog for it. I didn't used it - used a locking pliers instead (note, it will damage nuts).
 

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Re: Shock replacement (Papa_Kirlo)

Actually I am doing the rear shocks. The retaining nut is deep inside the bearing. If I put a deep socket over the top of the strut thread I cannot hold the thread to keep it from spinning.
 

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Re: Shock replacement (mgc)

Sorry cannot visualize well this area, worked on it few years ago. picture would help.<br> I think I probably took off the shock with upper mount together.. but be careful if you go this way as I believe mount retaining nuts are welded into the chassis, presoak it well. <br>
 

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The nut keeps spinning with the threads, correct? I had this exact problem while replacing my shocks. I believe an impact wrench will do the trick. I didn't have compressed air (or an impact wrench) so I took it to a relative's garage and had them do it. <p>I thought about removing the shock mount, but I don't see how that would help unless you plan to throw all that stuff away. Even then, how would you get the new shock and mount tightened without an impact wrench? I'm curious if there is a different way.<BR><BR>
<i>Modified by zpmada at 9:06 AM 7-9-2009</i>
 

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Re: Shock replacement (Papa_Kirlo)

Good warning but that's another complication I added to this job. I soaked with PB Blaster but still snapped one off. I'll be drilling it out and trying to easy out the remaining piece. I'm open to other suggestions. <IMG NAME="icon" SRC="http://www.vwvortex.com/vwbb/mad.gif" BORDER="0">
 

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Re: Shock replacement (mgc)

Exactly, spins and there is really no way to hold it. Impact makes sense. I may need to take it to a shop for that since I don't have an impact wrench. Is that the trick?<p>I called Groton to ask them for advise but they did not know how to do this......tech support is calling a dealer to ask.
 

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OK, I found the image to refresh my memory...<p><IMG SRC="http://memimage.cardomain.com/ride_images/1/1643/3721/4106860118_large.jpg" BORDER="0"> <p>I think I used a locking pliers to hold the top the shock and used open wrench to rotate the nut.
 

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If you're not saving the shock, you can just clamp the shaft from below the car with a vice grip. <p>The new shocks will be easy to put on by using an end wrench, and turning the shaft with whatever features it has on it (many now have a torx socket in them)
 

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Re: Shock replacement (mgc)

<TABLE WIDTH="90%" CELLSPACING=0 CELLPADDING=0 ALIGN=CENTER><TR><TD><i>Quote, originally posted by <b>mgc</b> »</i></TD></TR><TR><TD CLASS="quote">Good warning but that's another complication I added to this job. I soaked with PB Blaster but still snapped one off. I'll be drilling it out and trying to easy out the remaining piece. I'm open to other suggestions. <IMG NAME="icon" SRC="http://www.vwvortex.com/vwbb/mad.gif" BORDER="0"> </TD></TR></TABLE><p>I did the exact same thing last week <IMG NAME="icon" SRC="http://www.vortexmediagroup.com/images/banghead.gif" BORDER="0">
 

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Re: Shock replacement (Runamok)

The shock is in, done...what a PITA for a simple job. <br>I got the snapped off bolt out by drilling it through. I was not budging it with an easy out and had already broken a pilot drill off inside the bolt (fun getting that out) and I was terrified that a snapped off easy out would be a game-ender. So, I worked my way up to a drill size that was near the pitch diameter and drilled through. The drill jammed on it's way through and un-threaded the snapped off piece without damaging the threads <IMG NAME="icon" SRC="http://www.vwvortex.com/vwbb/embeer.gif" BORDER="0"> <br>Impact removed and installed the nut on the bearing in seconds.
 
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