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Username Post: 2002 TrailBlazer strut removal problem        (Topic#346559)
Brian D from NJ 
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Brian D from NJ
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08-13-17 08:07 PM - Post#2704036    

I'm replacing the struts on my 2002 TB. The whole unit type, not just the springs aLone.

This is the first time they're being replaced. The right one came out without a problem. Took me some time to get through 15 years of dirt,oil, grease and rust but it came out without incident. I used plenty of PB Blaster.

Now, the left one. If anyone is familiar with struts, the bottom connects to the lower control arm. The rest of the connectors came off fine - the upper ball joint and suspension control link.

Now, in order to remove the lower part of the strut you have to spread the "pinch bolt" slightly so the lower control arm will drop off.

I used a chisel on the right side to do this. I used the same chisel on the left side but cant spread the lower part enough. I can see the chisel though the bolt hole but don't want to keep hitting on it for fear of breaking this.

Can someone give me any ideas on what you used to remove the bottom of the strut?

Thanks in advance.






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Shepherd 
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08-14-17 05:42 AM - Post#2704064    
    In response to Brian D from NJ

Google how to remove trailblazer struts, first Utube video is very good.



 
gchemist 
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08-14-17 07:02 AM - Post#2704074    
    In response to Shepherd

Here's the video link.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=DIWZYGu-3a8


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Brian D from NJ 
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Brian D from NJ
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08-14-17 07:41 AM - Post#2704082    
    In response to gchemist

Thanks for the replies, but I've watched these before I actually did mine.

The issue I'm facing is the removal off the bottom of the strut from the lower control arm.

If anyone has any ideas or tools (other than chisels or screw drivers jammed in there) it would be greatly appreciated.

Thanks.

Just because your car/truck was "Made In America" doesn't mean it's American made... think about it. Buy American First.


 
gchemist 
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08-14-17 09:09 AM - Post#2704094    
    In response to Brian D from NJ

Can you post a pic? Yea, it's scary sometimes to beat on parts.

Piece of wood and a good hammer.

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'83 Silverardo XST - ZZ4 powered
'96 GMC Jimmy LS Ret. @236651 miles


Edited by gchemist on 08-14-17 09:11 AM. Reason for edit: No reason given.

 
Brian D from NJ 
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Brian D from NJ
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08-14-17 01:58 PM - Post#2704139    
    In response to gchemist

Hey gchemist,

I've got everything together and have been driving on it for about a week and won't get back to it until this weekend, 8/19. If then.

There really isn't much to see. The original one remains. Again, I just need to spread the bottom pinch bolt on the lower control arm enough to remove it and haven't been able to do that.

Sorry.



Just because your car/truck was "Made In America" doesn't mean it's American made... think about it. Buy American First.


 
gchemist 
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08-14-17 02:15 PM - Post#2704145    
    In response to Brian D from NJ

Do you have a small pipe wrench? Try spinning the shock inside coil. If it's spread apart enough to see the chisel inside the bolt hole, use a 2 lb hammer and tap the opposite side.

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'83 Silverardo XST - ZZ4 powered
'96 GMC Jimmy LS Ret. @236651 miles


 
Brian D from NJ 
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Brian D from NJ
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08-14-17 05:56 PM - Post#2704197    
    In response to gchemist

OK, I'll give it a "shot" (pun intended... )

Just because your car/truck was "Made In America" doesn't mean it's American made... think about it. Buy American First.


 
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