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Removing bottom bolts on strut of 2003 saturn ion

Hey, I was trying to remove and replace the front struts on my 2003 saturn ion and ran into a problem with the lower two moutnig bolts of the strut. I removed the nuts but the bolts do not want to come out. The head of the bolt is an odd shape that is round on two sides and flat on the other two. Do I need a special tool to remove these two bolts or am I missing something obvious? Everything else was easy and went smoothly and all that is holding the strut on right now is these two bolts.

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You should be able to hammer them out. put the nuts on till the bolt is level with the end of the nut (as to not damage the bolt threads) then hammer them out. spraying some wd-40 may help aswell

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