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Bolts for leaf spring bracket won't come out! Help please

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Bolts for leaf spring bracket won't come out! Help please

So my hanger bracket for my passenger side leaf spring snapped. I grinded off the bolts and removed the old bracket but not a can't get the remainder of the old bolts out of the frame.
Any suggestions?!
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You can heat it then spray compressed air on it to cool it rapidly, and then POUND IT with a drift(punch), hard steel bolt.................??

Or just POUND IT

If you have a Hammer Drill, for concrete drilling, or can get one, it can often knock out the rivet, you are not drilling it, you are hammering it, so use larger bit
 
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What does the other side look like ? (If you get a picture, make sure there is enough light).

Using your picture as a reference, clean up the weld by the top bolt and se what that looks like !

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Now I'm have thus problem


Thanks fir all the help! Progress has been made but now I can't get the bushing in the leaf spring out. I cut off one side as shown in the picture hoping I could air hammer it out...

any thoughts?
 

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I have heard of ways to do this BUT I am not sure of the best way and some of the ways could cause the spring loop to crack.

I would thing the best way would be to have them pressed out !

AND have all of the bushings replaced at the same time.

I would stick to Rubber Bushings but that is just me !

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You have to burn them out, the rubber absorbs any impacts so pounding doesn't work, its quite normal to have to burn them out

I have used a propane torch, works fine
Smells and lots of black smoke
Run water in the bed above where you are working or you will blister and peel the paint, it gets real HOT above the end of the spring you're working on

If its near the gas tank you can splash some water on it now and then, feel it, then decide, if its a full tank it won't get very hot, empty tank will
 

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Do it the right way.

Put the rear of the frame on jack stands, drop the axle on the ground, and remove the springs. THEN burn the bushings out. It's not worth the risk having a constant flame so close to the fuel tank.



GB :)
 
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