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Old 04-05-2009, 10:02 PM
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96 Dodge Caravan Rear Shocks

One of the lower bolts of the rear shocks of my Caravan broke and the piece is still inside the mount. I tried turning the broken piece but its bonded to the mount due to rust. Tried heating it with mapp gas but could not budge it.

I also tried turning the other bolts of the shocks but looks like they are all stuck. Wish I had an acetylene welder.

Well, its off to my indy tomorrow and have them do the work. Just got a pair of Carquest (KYB) shocks for them to use.

If I knew this would happen, I would probably have checked these bolts, unfasten and lubricate them occasionally to prevent this from happening.

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The head broke off, and the side connected to the cage nut is rusted tight? Depending on the setup, if the room allows, I would cut off the cage nut, and drop the shock... But since you're taking it to an INDY tomorrow, do everybody involved a favor and soak them in PB blaster. If possible tie/tap some rags around the bolts, and soak the rags also. An overnighter with penitrating oil working on the bolts might help it.

JW, but since it's an older caravan, why not go with cheaper monro matics? Not to question your judgement or anything, just wandering why the choice$ ?

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JW, but since it's an older caravan, why not go with cheaper monro matics? Not to question your judgement or anything, just wandering why the choice$
1996? *****, thats like brand new
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I believe it was on here that someone posted a test of the best penetrants. 1:1 ATF:acetone was #1. PB Blaster was last.


I assume you don't have easy outs?
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Old 04-07-2009, 07:15 PM
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The head broke off, and the side connected to the cage nut is rusted tight? Depending on the setup, if the room allows, I would cut off the cage nut, and drop the shock... But since you're taking it to an INDY tomorrow, do everybody involved a favor and soak them in PB blaster. If possible tie/tap some rags around the bolts, and soak the rags also. An overnighter with penitrating oil working on the bolts might help it.

JW, but since it's an older caravan, why not go with cheaper monro matics? Not to question your judgement or anything, just wandering why the choice$ ?

~Nate
I have used moroe's but they feel mushy.

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