Question about 2003 Ford Explorer Sport Trac
Use heat, go get a torch and heat around the bolt (not the actual bolt) to expand the threads and break any rust. then when the metal that the bolt is stuck in is glowing a very dull red (dont melt your truck by turning the metal orange and white), turn the stuck bolt slowly, if it makes an obnoxious squeaking noise thats a good sign, just dont force it if it still doesnt want to turn, the bolt will be a little weaker than normal from the heat.
(make sure the area your heating is clear of flex hoses, plastic sensors, rubber CV boots, anything that can be damaged or blown up. keep a fire extinguisher near you, and a water bottle too (dont quench the glowing red metal with water, only use the water on things that can be damaged by the fire))
(one last thing, the grease inside the ball joint could heat up and expand, blowing the rubber off and spewing hot grease everywhere, so have some sort of a gaurd (plexiglass works best, but use cardboard as a minimum) and wear a welding mask (the flame can damage your eyes) and gloves)
Hope this helps and be safe!
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