Thought I'd share the fix I had to do when installing new sway bar mounts and bolts on the 95 Caprice. I Used the Upgraded GM sway bar mount Bolts (GM part#15959689) when Installing the new ES Poly mounts and bushings.. All went well taking the old bolts out UNTIL I got to the drivers side rear bolt
! Started removing it and metal shavings started coming out with it
. Yep, Hole was nearly stripped and wouldn't Re-Torque to 24Ft Lbs. After removing the new bolt, The thread locker on it was history! (Why I Used Loc-Tite). The other 3 Mounting holes were fine. My solution and fix for this is detailed here:
The tools I Used for this fix are: (1) a Retracktable Magnet stick (2) Large flat Head Screwdriver (3)Hardened Flare Nut W/Nylon packing inside (4)Torque Wrench, 10mm Socket and Extensions and a small piece of metal coat hanger, Loc-Tite and Flashlight.
TOOLS USED FOR THE REPAIR
NEW NUT AND BOLT
What I Basically did was apply some Loc-Tite to the new bolt, Then Run the new bolt thru what was left of the stripped hole and Mount, just enough to barely stick up a 1/16" inside the frame. (Used a Flashlight to check the depth thru the outside frame hole). Then I Took the retracktable magnet and new Nut and carefully guided it thru the frame hole, and close to the bolt sticking up thru the frame, Then released the nut from the magnet.
Removed the Magnet Stick, Then stuck the piece of coat hanger thru the hole and guided the nut onto the bolt while using the flashlight to see it. Using a 3/8 Ratchet, I Slowly turned the Bolt until it threaded into the nut a few turns (This took a few attempts to achieve), Then stuck the large Flat head screwdriver thru the framehole and Logged it between a Flat side of the nut and the lower Front Steering gear box Bolt as shown in this pic (It fit nice and snug between them)
Slowly turned the bolt with the 3/8 Ratchet while prying up on the screwdriver until the nut was flush and the bolt had gotten fairly tight. Set the torque wrench for 24Ft Lbs and Finished tighting it up! BTW, You can forget
trying to fit a 15mm Wrench or Crows foot Etc.. thru the Framehole! It Ain't gonna happen and reach the nut, I Tried this 1st! Of course I Couldn't have gotten a stripped hole on the Passenger side
(Where you can get easy access to the holes) and I Dont know, Or want to find out how to repair the drivers side front hole [img]graemlins/
4.gif[/img] Hope this procedure helps some else out if it ever happens to them!
It worked pretty easy for me but I Wont say it wasn't a PITA At times but I Did manage to pull it off by Myself! I'm sure a helper would make it easier.