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What does everyone do to prevent rusty bolts and such? Do most people do some regular bolt removal/re-install and lubricate them to prevent rusting or simply replace some bolts at regular intervals? I've lived in Minnesota for about 3 years now and it seems like stuff is rusting faster than it did back in Utah. Yesterday I went to remove the lower bolt on my rear shock and I torqued the bolt right in half. The piece left in the mount was so rusted it looked welded to the mount. I ended up having to buy a new shock/u-bolt mount plate. This seems to happen quite a bit to me.

Thanks for any ideas.
 

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I use anti sease or this stuff that comes in a rattle can called fluid film works kick ass as long as you shake before use.
 

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Justox said:
What does everyone do to prevent rusty bolts and such? Do most people do some regular bolt removal/re-install and lubricate them to prevent rusting or simply replace some bolts at regular intervals? I've lived in Minnesota for about 3 years now and it seems like stuff is rusting faster than it did back in Utah. Yesterday I went to remove the lower bolt on my rear shock and I torqued the bolt right in half. The piece left in the mount was so rusted it looked welded to the mount. I ended up having to buy a new shock/u-bolt mount plate. This seems to happen quite a bit to me.

Thanks for any ideas.
PB Blaster works great for getting rusty stuff apart. Anti-seize is a good thing to use when you put stuff back together.

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I have a 2001. It lived in Cleveland Ohio for almost 4yrs before it moved with me to Arizona.

I tried putting a spacer / aal lift kit on my truck after I moved. I broke off or stripped more bolts than you can possibly imagine. Keep in mind that's with soaking all the bolts in PB Blaster once a day for two weeks while tapping the bolts each day also.

Nothing can combat the rust you experience from the 5 months each year when road salt is used. What actually worked best for me was using a welding torch to heat up the bolts and then removing them.
 

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Nothing can combat the rust you experience from the 5 months each year when road salt is used. What actually worked best for me was using a welding torch to heat up the bolts and then removing them.
I am so glad California uses sand instead of salt. I think the salt thing is a big conspiracy masterminded by the auto manufacturers who like it when you have to buy a new car every few years. :D

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i replace mine with stainless if possible for the application
 

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tanKoma said:
i replace mine with stainless if possible for the application
I'll second that one... the few extra $$ that you spend to find some stainless stuff, (especially if you plan on keeping your vehicle for a while) is worth it in the end in my opinion.

I'll ALSO toss in some more kudos for PB Blaster. Add in an impact wrench, and some moderate heat and you have a killer combo to loosen a lot of nuts/bolts. My theory is, if you can't get them out with this, then you need to replace them anyway, which justifies the use of a nut splitter. Dont worry about saving it, and you can get through the project much easier especially when replacing with stainless, anti-sieze, and torqueing them to proper specs!:welder:
 
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