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Old 16th January 2010   #1
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Renault Laguna 1 - Nearside Wishbone Removal

Renault Laguna 2L RTI 1998. I have removed the centre bolt & the ball joint from the nearside front suspension bar, however after removing the nut on the rear fixing the bolt just turns and cannot be removed. The bolt seems free turning easily but just will not come out. Any ideas would be greatfully received.
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Re: Nearside suspension arm removal

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sorry but that didnt make any sense

have you disconnected the ball joint from the hub ok?
or is it the lower arm main bolts where it connects into the subframe and chassis your having issues with?

if its the pin in the ball joint thats refusing to release, use a chisel(or screwdriver) and hammer to knock it out.
there is a special tool to break ball joints free, its a slotted chisel (with or without a clamp with bolt to allow manual winding to force the ball joint off the hub)

if its the main arm suspension bolts then you have a problem, you may have to cut the chassis open to remove the arm (i dont think there is any way to get at the nut behind there), and replace it with stainless steel (at least 2 layers of 1.0-1.5mm thickness (its structural so must be reinforced and seam welded) with a new nut welded inplace behind them.)
this will involve fitting the arm on to get the position of the bolt/plate correctly postiioned.
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Re: Nearside suspension arm removal

Not familiar with the Laguna but sounds like the rubber and one of the metal sleeves on the joint bushing have parted company allowing the bolt to turn. The inner metal sleeve of the bushing has corroded and is "stuck" to the bolt preventing its extraction. No easy answer, first soak the bolt/sleeve with WD40, releasal or similar (diesel if nothing else). Then apply some brute force, blunt punch and hammer to the thread end of the bolt or chisel then ball joint splitter or similar to the hex end. No easy answers unfortunately!
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Re: Nearside suspension arm removal

the one that goes through the subframe can play up and be a pita to remove, usually needing the subframe to be dropped to enable access to the nut on the top.
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Re: Nearside suspension arm removal

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Not familiar with the Laguna but sounds like the rubber and one of the metal sleeves on the joint bushing have parted company allowing the bolt to turn. The inner metal sleeve of the bushing has corroded and is "stuck" to the bolt preventing its extraction. No easy answer, first soak the bolt/sleeve with WD40, releasal or similar (diesel if nothing else). Then apply some brute force, blunt punch and hammer to the thread end of the bolt or chisel then ball joint splitter or similar to the hex end. No easy answers unfortunately!
Thanks I agree that is the problem but I've tried all your suggestions except the ball joint splitter . Unfortunately there is not enough room to give the thread end a good smack
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