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I am replacing the strut/spring/bearing housing on the front end of my '95 grand am. Having trouble removing the large BOLTS that connect the entire assembly to the spindle. Are these bolts fully threaded? or just threaded on the ends and pins in the middle.

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HI, you almost figured it out. Those two bolts have splines on the upper portion of the bold shank. Once you have the nuts removes you can take a small 2 or 3 lbs. hammer and give the bolts a couple quick hard hits that should drive them out. Its a good idea to hang a shop rag or old towel from the strut down over the bolts to keep them flying out. Good luck

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