Rear Lower Trailing Arm Removal - Driver Side - Ford Truck Enthusiasts Forums

Go Back  Ford Truck Enthusiasts Forums > Newer Light Duty Trucks > 1997-2006 Expedition & Navigator
Reload this Page >

Rear Lower Trailing Arm Removal - Driver Side

Notices
1997-2006 Expedition & Navigator 1997 - 2002 and 2003 - 2006 Ford Expedition and Lincoln Navigator Discussion

Rear Lower Trailing Arm Removal - Driver Side

Reply

 
 
 
  #1  
Old 01-06-2018, 05:00 PM
kythri's Avatar
kythri
kythri is offline
Senior User
Thread Starter
Join Date: Jan 2012
Location: Lebanon, OR
Posts: 110
kythri is starting off with a positive reputation.
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.
 

Last edited by kythri; 01-07-2018 at 09:31 AM. Reason: Errant punctuation.
Reply With Quote
  #2  
Old 01-06-2018, 08:37 PM
pdqford
pdqford is online now
Postmaster
Join Date: Jan 2001
Location: Central NYS
Posts: 3,023
pdqford has a good reputation on FTE.pdqford has a good reputation on FTE.pdqford has a good reputation on FTE.
Originally Posted by kythri View Post

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.
 
Reply With Quote
  #3  
Old 01-07-2018, 08:57 AM
alloro
alloro is offline
Post Fiend
Join Date: Apr 2008
Location: 0,0,1
Posts: 14,619
alloro has much to be proud ofalloro has much to be proud ofalloro has much to be proud ofalloro has much to be proud ofalloro has much to be proud ofalloro has much to be proud ofalloro has much to be proud ofalloro has much to be proud ofalloro has much to be proud of
Originally Posted by pdqford View Post
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.
 
Reply With Quote
  #4  
Old 01-07-2018, 09:30 AM
kythri's Avatar
kythri
kythri is offline
Senior User
Thread Starter
Join Date: Jan 2012
Location: Lebanon, OR
Posts: 110
kythri is starting off with a positive reputation.
When torquing it back down after replacement, are you torquing from the bolt head, instead of the nut?
 
Reply With Quote
  #5  
Old 01-07-2018, 03:42 PM
alloro
alloro is offline
Post Fiend
Join Date: Apr 2008
Location: 0,0,1
Posts: 14,619
alloro has much to be proud ofalloro has much to be proud ofalloro has much to be proud ofalloro has much to be proud ofalloro has much to be proud ofalloro has much to be proud ofalloro has much to be proud ofalloro has much to be proud ofalloro has much to be proud of
Originally Posted by kythri View Post
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.
 
Reply With Quote
  #6  
Old 01-13-2018, 12:20 PM
kythri's Avatar
kythri
kythri is offline
Senior User
Thread Starter
Join Date: Jan 2012
Location: Lebanon, OR
Posts: 110
kythri is starting off with a positive reputation.
Thank you!
 
Reply With Quote
 
 
 
Related Topics
Thread
Thread Starter
Forum
Replies
Last Post
kythri
1997-2006 Expedition & Navigator
2
01-05-2018 08:07 PM
sammie0126
Excursion - King of SUVs
101
06-12-2017 03:07 PM
2civicrr
6.7L Power Stroke Diesel
4
05-22-2017 05:48 PM
seabeeman
2004 - 2008 F150
5
11-21-2016 01:38 PM
alloro
1997-2006 Expedition & Navigator
71
05-27-2016 12:24 PM


Thread Tools
Search this Thread
Quick Reply: Rear Lower Trailing Arm Removal - Driver Side


Contact Us Archive Advertising Cookie Policy Privacy Statement Terms of Service

We are a participant in the Amazon Services LLC Associates Program, an affiliate advertising program designed to provide a means for us to earn fees by linking to Amazon.com and affiliated sites.