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Old February 4th, 2019, 00:20   #1
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Default Upper control arms. Audi B5.

So it was time!
Steering was terrible and clunking abundant.
Especially combined with icy roads it became quite buttclenching.
Never knowing it was the steering or the ice.

Started Saturday morning, finished Sunday evening.
Of course the pinch bolt didnt come out.
It was also smartly put in from the back, so I could not use my air gun.
The trick with sawing or breaking of the bolt head. and then pulling it out the other way with the nut and washers was out of the question as it broke the bolt on that side almost immediately.
Heating and hammering didnt do anything. Where the bolt snapped it looked like there never was a hole to begin with. Drilling with the leg on the car was useless.
So to get out the whole leg I cut into the bolt through the 2 slits.
That way I could take out the arms, and take it all apart.

The strut with control arms and shock was then quickly out.
The rest followed slower. since the bolt holding the steering arm was also stuck stuck stuck.
Finally it gave way after a whole morning of hammering, spraying, prying and heating.
The rest was out quick.
Allthough I'm still baffled by the design of the abs sensor.. How does that go through the leg??
Anyway. Took it apart at the connectors and wrapped it around the leg to keep it save.

Started the good old trusty moped (Old honda 4 stroke) and took the leg to a friend who still has his late fathers old machine shop full of old green sovjet machines. Too bad the place is falling apart around them..

I slowly drilled bigger and bigger holes through the bolt until I went through the side and could quite easily hammer out the remains.
Just took a lot of time.

It all went together again in under an hour.

That was the left...
Next weekend for the right. Looking forward to it :P Not..
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Old February 21st, 2019, 13:25   #2
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Did the other side last saterday. I was all prepared now.
Been spraying wd40'd on the lot since friday.
I only had a tiny place to move the long prybar on the socketwrench. But low and behold.. The bugger moved.

So while hitting it one side and turning the other. And putitng wrenches between it, it came out in 1 piece.

It was like magic.

I was basicly all done in an hour.
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Old February 21st, 2019, 13:27   #3
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Oh its a different car btw..
Driving is tight again. No noises over holes. Very well orth it!
But next time, I might consider doing more at once..
MY springs and shocks arent the newest either.
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