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Old 01-06-2018, 06:00 PM
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Rear Lower Trailing Arm Removal - Driver Side

Vehicle: 2000 Expedition Eddie Bauer.

So, I was having some issues with the upper trailing arms (solved here: https://www.ford-trucks.com/forums/1...m-removal.html), but now I've ran into an issue with the lower arms, specifically, the driver's side.

Passenger side swapped out no issues. The driver side, however, the frame-to-arm bolt won't come out - it backs up against the fuel tank, and there's no slack to remove it. It was already a giant pain to break the bolt/nut loose given that a ratchet or breaker head wouldn't fit on the bolt head in the first place - had to brace a wrench with a breaker and wedge it in there to be able to bust the nut loose.

Is there a trick to this that I'm missing? I'm really hoping that the solution isn't to drop the fuel tank.

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Is there a trick to this that I'm missing"? I'm really hoping that the solution isn't to drop the fuel tank.
Cut the head of the bolt off with a cut off tool.
Install new bolt.
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Cut the head of the bolt off with a cut off tool.
Install new bolt.
Lots of posts regarding this and everyone just cuts the head off and installs a new bolt in the opposite direction. BTW, a sawzall with a new 24tpi metal blade works too. Only other option is to drop the fuel tank. The bolt is a grade 10.5 so don't just use any new bolt in there.
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When torquing it back down after replacement, are you torquing from the bolt head, instead of the nut?
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When torquing it back down after replacement, are you torquing from the bolt head, instead of the nut?
Yes, not much choice unless like I said you want to drop the fuel tank.
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