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      03-25-2013, 05:41 PM   #1
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Broke Strut Screw

Damn I'm an idiot. I never worked on a car in my life and after reading the DIY I attempted to do it myself because I'm frugal and don't want to pay someone else to install a Strut Bar.

There is a screw that sticks up and you put a nut on it. I screwed that nut too hard and broke the screw. I'm going to take it to the dealer to get it fix, does anyone know if this will cost a lot. Is the car still driveable?

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You need to pull out the shock and replace the tophat. I believe its around 40 for the tophat.
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You need to pull out the shock and replace the tophat. I believe its around 40 for the tophat.

Thanks man! You are a life saver. I was a bit freaked out. I would buy you a few beers if you were here.
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thats actually not true...all you really need to do is tap that screw out and put in a new one...i dont know if they will sell you just the screw but im sure they will and probably have a few laying around in the shop.

I would just bang out that bolt and ask the dealer if they have anything like it there.

then you take off the wheel feel around and put it back into place...pretty simple i would have to say.
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thats actually not true...all you really need to do is tap that screw out and put in a new one...i dont know if they will sell you just the screw but im sure they will and probably have a few laying around in the shop.

I would just bang out that bolt and ask the dealer if they have anything like it there.

then you take off the wheel feel around and put it back into place...pretty simple i would have to say.
oh didnt know you can tap them out like that. ill look into that, one of mine is a little cross threaded
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Part of the bolt that broke off is still screwed to the nut. Is there anyway to get the nut off that broken bolt?

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Part of the bolt that broke off is still screwed to the nut. Is there anyway to get the nut off that broken bolt?

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what you mean? looks like its cleanly broken off
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what you mean? looks like its cleanly broken off
lets pretend u have a bolt and a nut.

now lets say u screwed the nut at the tip of the bolt and chopped off the rest of the bolt right under the nut.

how do u get that part of the bolt out of the nut?


Think of a donut with its hole filed. What I'm trying to do is get the filling out of the nut so I can reuse the nut since the nut on the strut bar is unique.

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lets pretend u have a bolt and a nut.

now lets say u screwed the nut at the tip of the bolt and chopped off the rest of the bolt right under the nut.

how do u get that part of the bolt out of the nut?


Think of a donut with its hole filed. What I'm trying to do is get the filling out of the nut so I can reuse the nut since the nut on the strut bar is unique.

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oh haha sorry my bad...didnt read it right...i would probably take something small and flat that will fit in there and use super glue...let it dry and twist off.
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oh haha sorry my bad...didnt read it right...i would probably take something small and flat that will fit in there and use super glue...let it dry and twist off.

whoa that is ingenius. u must be one of them engineer type dudes lol. thanks
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whoa that is ingenius. u must be one of them engineer type dudes lol. thanks
lol...cant tell if thats sarcasm...but either way its the most simple solution. also im a finance major who just loves to work on cars.

gotta think outside the box to run a business =)
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lol...cant tell if thats sarcasm...but either way its the most simple solution. also im a finance major who just loves to work on cars.

gotta think outside the box to run a business =)
Nah I was pretty serious. I never worked on a car in my life, except I changed a flat with a spare twice. Just trying to learn about cars. Thanks for the help though.
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unfortunately I've done just that when i was upgrading my suspension. i had to replace the guide support, which is supposedly a wear item, a 100+ bucks wear item.
the screw is welded to the top hat.
hope you have better luck than i did.
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unfortunately I've done just that when i was upgrading my suspension. i had to replace the guide support, which is supposedly a wear item, a 100+ bucks wear item.
the screw is welded to the top hat.
hope you have better luck than i did.
Damn if the bolt is wielding on then I'm sure I'll have to get a new guide support too. I have the performance package suspension.

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mine weren't welded. I broke one because I had set the torque wrench improperly and snapped it. I just tapped the bolt out from the top and put another one in from another set of guide supports I had from a used suspension.

so it's worth checking and at least trying to knock it out, before buying a new guide support.
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mine weren't welded. I broke one because I had set the torque wrench improperly and snapped it. I just tapped the bolt out from the top and put another one in from another set of guide supports I had from a used suspension.

so it's worth checking and at least trying to knock it out, before buying a new guide support.
Thanks man, will have it checked out first.
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New spring seat/top hat and an hour of labor at indy. They would need to pull out a strut, compress the spring, swap the hat for a new one and put it back together. Where are you located?
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lol....again its not that difficult...why does everyone think its welded? its almost just glued on there...2 of mine just fell off when i was putting coilovers in.
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use a punch and punch it out and press in a new one with the old nut. 10 min job.
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New spring seat/top hat and an hour of labor at indy. They would need to pull out a strut, compress the spring, swap the hat for a new one and put it back together. Where are you located?
What is indy? I see that used a lot in this forum. Indy 500 or something?
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They are press fitted in there, you should be able to punch it out.

I have to do the exact same thing this weekend. I'm just not sure what exact bolt to use as a replacement yet, but I'm guessing it's not that big of a deal as to what exact bolt I use.
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