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Replacing the rear shock in a 1993 Cadillac Sevile and the top nut is rusted on. Any advice to get the nut off?

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This is a very horrible problem, at least for me. The last time that this happened to me, I decided to cut the top of the shock absorber, since the nut was frozen in place, and you don't have a lot of space to work in there with some special sockets. So I would advice you to cut the very top of the shock absorber rod.

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