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How to remove the damper fork-to-lower control arm bolt on a 2003 Honda Accord. The nut come off easily but the bolt will not budge.

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  • Charles Amuguni Sep 07, 2010

    I tried tapping it with a mallet but was afraid I was damaging the bolt. Just how hard a slap I my supposed to use????

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Good evening, unfortunately this is something we run into all the time. There are a couple ways to go about it, first you can try soaking it every hour for a day with wd40 or something similar. You can also get a punch (or chisel) and sharply hit the metal bushing that is around the bolt to hopefully break it free from the rust that is holding the bolt to the bushing. Last effort is apply heat to the bolt as to not heat up the rubber around the bushing then put the nut back on the end til you even up with the threads and start tapping on it while turning. One of those top few steps is usually successful when we do them at the shop. Glad to help, and any more questions please ask.
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  • cjkelly025 Sep 11, 2010

    It will take some good force if it is to come out. Another thing to try is a good c-clamp and an oversized socket on the bolt head end to go around the socket head and then one on the nut (consider you will have to replace the bolt and nut) and then put the clamp on it with solid pressure. There is no for sure quick or easy way when they are stuck. There are points where I have had to cut the bolt on each side and replace the arm, time and patience usually prevail.

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Hi there,

The difficulty is by design. Instead of being cylindrical, that bolt has a slight coning to it. It fits into the hole and practically locks.

There is a tool specifically designed for its removal. IT goes by names like 'Ball joint removal tool' and 'Pickle Fork' (I swear). It looks like a tuning fork with wedge shaped tines. The fork straddles the top of the bolt and you pound the base with a hammer. The wedge shape separates the two pieces

Relatively cheap at auto parts stores

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The bolt is serrated so it will not turn or twist when installed.
With nut removed. Place nut on bolt backwards just enought to cover end of bolt. A good slap with a large hammer will drive it out

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