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    Problem removing stabilizer link from front strut

    Is there any trick to removing the stabilizer link from the front strut? I have tried pushing, pulling, hammering, pressing... all of the "ings" basically. I put a c-clamp on there and tried to squeeze it out. Nothing seems to be working. I'm putting liberal amounts of WD-40 on there in the hopes that it penetrates that connection and loosens it up. I know there's not much there holding it on, it must just be rusted or something. But, just in case I'm missing something, let me know if there's a special technique.

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    Re: Problem removing stabilizer link from front strut

    I replaced the passenger side one on my 93. If they are the same ??, simply undid the nut and it popped out, I had the car jacked up, and then put another jack below the lower control arm to make sure there was no force on the link.The link I removed an Allen key socket in the end of the threaded bolt, I just used vice grips on the booted knuckle to stop it from turning while removing the nut. The new Moog stabilizer link had a shoulder cut in the boss for a wrench to but used on. I don't know if a 97 is the same as a 93. Good luck.

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    Re: Problem removing stabilizer link from front strut

    You can use a second jack to unload the pressure of the joint. I had a lot of trouble myself, I tried a torch to heat it up, and air hammer and the c clamp. Ultimately I had to cut a wedge out of the hole to get the link to let go. I have some pictures on my site http://maydog.dyndns.org/www/struts/...e_replace.html , it was a pain in the A.

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    Re: Problem removing stabilizer link from front strut

    Quote Originally Posted by maydog
    You can use a second jack to unload the pressure of the joint. I had a lot of trouble myself, I tried a torch to heat it up, and air hammer and the c clamp. Ultimately I had to cut a wedge out of the hole to get the link to let go. I have some pictures on my site http://maydog.dyndns.org/www/struts/...e_replace.html , it was a pain in the A.
    I think I'll change the Drivers side one very soon and put some antiseize on it. My SLS came from Texas, and no rusted parts, but now that its being driven in Ontario, it won't take long for the "rusties" to get it.

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    Re: Problem removing stabilizer link from front strut

    Attempted to do the passenger side on my 93.
    Looked easy enough.............NOT !
    What a pain !
    Good thing I didnt cross the point of no return. Ended up takin it to the shop. Was a bit of a strugle for them at first. Then they brought out the big guns.
    That sucker was seized on real good. And that was the end that was the easiest to get too.

    BTW...WD sucks.
    Try using a penetrator called Moovit made by Lloyds. Does everything WD does but better. And its non solvent.

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    Re: Problem removing stabilizer link from front strut

    Hope to be helpful: has had the same trouble and used a 27016 Pitman Arm Puller with a socket on the nut of the stabilizer link to protect the thread. It said after very heavy pushing "pop" and I could proceed.

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